Can Killer Robots Save Ocean Ecosytem

A lionfish between two electrodes during tests of a prototype of a robot designed to cull the invasive species.

Monks, Kieron. Can Killer Robots Save Ocean Ecosystems. Digital image.Can Killer Robots save Ocean Ecosystems. Cable News Network, 18 Sept. 2016. Web. 20 Sept. 2016.

The main purpose of this presentation is that the Lion fish is overpopulated. iRobot CEO Angle met with conservationists, and learned about the extent of the damage caused by Lion fish. The damage that Lion fish can cause is a major  reduce for flourishing coral reefs to barren wasteland in a matter of weeks.

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Perlongo, Kassie. Electrocution Robot. Digital image. Robohub. Velocityfarm, 30 Aug. 2016. Web. 22 Sept. 2016.

  • One group suggested to create a machine to kill the fish
  • The design of the machine to kill the Lion fish combines a remotely operated vehicle, using technology which iRobot had developed for the automatic vacuum cleaner Roomba with a bespoke electrocution device
  • Some of the challenge(s) they had was the ratio of machines to fish “Were chasing a million lionfish”
  • They fear that the robots could target the wrong fish, but RISE is developing recognition sotware that will only allow them to kill Lion fish
  • They have tried other various ideas upon trying to maintain the Lion fish population, from training sharks o eat them, to using them for jewelry
  • If the robot is successful it would make a major impact on these fish that have on the biodiversity and health of our coral reef ecosystems
  • Prototypes of the robot are recieving tests to access how many fish can be killed, power requirements, and variations of the design
  • They say that the technology wont be able to solve the problem alone but that it might help maintain the population of the Lion fish species
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