WPI Develops Autonomous Fish Hunting Robot

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  1. AlphaAtlas

    AlphaAtlas [H]ard|Gawd Staff Member

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    Students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are developing an autonomous, underwater robot capable of hunting and harvesting Lionfish. Robots designed to hunt invasive species are nothing new, but up until now, they've all required a tether with a human operator on the other end, limiting their range and practicality. The robot designed by the undergrads is capable of identifying Lionfish using an array of sensors backed by machine learning-derived computer vision algorithms. It can then spear the fish with one of its 8 attached spears, and bring them to the surface, all without a tether or human interaction. This coming year, another team is tasked with refining the robot's navigation system, which would allow the machine to navigate a 3D search grid as it hunts for Lionfish.

    "There are economic and environmental benefits to this, and the fish are delicious," said Kelly, who focused on the robot's computer vision system. "I've seen the massive devastation caused by these fish and it really made me want to work on this project. We felt like we could create some change in the world."
     
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    Countdown for someone with tiger stripe bikini bottoms to get a spear in the rump...
     
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    This gives me an idea. Introduce all those fun-to-hunt game animals to habitats they don't belong in, then let them reproduce and dominate those habitats, then you'll be allowed to hunt them to regional extinction and the people will thank you. Its a win-win!
     
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    First the fish and next the HUMANS!
     
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    spaceman [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Got an idea. Make it into a game. Give these dumbass fortnite players acess to controlling the robots and viola. No more lion fish. Ok. So probably no other fish either but hey, it's an idea.
     
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    Our canned Lionfish is Dolphin safe....!

    maybe.
     
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    That’s awesome.
    We could get about 20,000,000 of them for the flying Asian Carp in the Ohio River Basin.
    Those suckers fly into your boat.
    If our hits you in the face going 50mph it’s like Mike Tyson tagging you.
     
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