Robotic Assassins

Jezie

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There’s trouble brewing in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of northeastern Australia. An underwater pest known as the crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) is causing a huge amount of damage, estimated to be responsible for 40% of the reef’s decline in coral cover.

So, to combat it, scientists from the Queenstown University of Technology (QUT) are preparing to deploy an autonomous robot known as the COTSbot. This small submersible, armed with cameras, five thrusters and GPS, can seek out and kill COTS, using a pneumatic arm to deliver a lethal injection.

What makes this possible is a piece of COTS-detecting software that has been in development for six months using thousands of images and videos of the reef. This allows the robot to identify and destroy COTS among other underwater wildlife. Although the robot operates by itself in the water, it will take an image of an object to be examined later by a human if it is unsure a target is a COTS.

The injection itself, developed by James Cook University (JCU) in Queensland, can kill a COTS with just one shot. Human divers can then come in and finish off any survivors.

At first, just one submersible is being used. It can search for eight hours, and deliver 200 lethal shots in that time. But ultimately, the scientists envisage a team of 10 to 100 scouring the coral reef, working day and night and in all weather.

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This can lead in a really bad direction....
 

Jezie

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The more ways to cook up to kill us, they will do...
So long as AI stays out of it... and skynet does not become something of today... then all the better... honestly do not see them rounding us up for slaughter... why do something when people are more than happy to do it their selves with little promting ...
 

hoichi

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Ai and skynet will get into it
Why use robots rsther then people?
Prob cuz people have a heart and csn.chsnge their midns, ceel gult, and people bleed.
So...
All sorts reasons to make machines to.do that work in theie eyes...then have esky humans who may have a consiounce
 

Jezie

Well-Known Member
Ai and skynet will get into it
Why use robots rsther then people?
Prob cuz people have a heart and csn.chsnge their midns, ceel gult, and people bleed.
So...
All sorts reasons to make machines to.do that work in theie eyes...then have esky humans who may have a consiounce
Scary future indeed... was there not a movie about this ;)
 
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