[Taxacom] robot hunter-killers for conservation

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Mon Aug 27 18:42:19 CDT 2018


Apologies if this is a little off topic, but most taxonomists have some
interest in species conservation. so hopefully this will be excused. Just
came to my attention that some student researchers are developing an
autonomous robot to hunt invasive lion-fish in coral reef communities.
Computer vision will enable the robot to spot the fish and jab them with
one of its eight spears. Each spear is detachable and buoyant so each kill
rises to the surface. Not in action yet, but an interesting possibility.
Just hope no one ‘reprograms’ them.
John Grehan


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