AI News, These Robots Will Stop the Jellyfish Invasion

These Robots Will Stop the Jellyfish Invasion

In South Korea, jellyfish are threatening marine ecosystemsand are responsible for about US $300 million in damage and losses to fisheries, seaside power plants, and other ocean infrastructure.

Large jellyfish swarms have been drastically increasing over the past decades and have become a problem in many parts of the world,Hyun Myung, a robotics professor atthe Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), tells IEEE Spectrum.

'The number of beachgoers who have been stung by poisonous jellyfish, which can lead to death in extreme cases, has risen,' he says.

Due to the large number of jellyfish, developing some sort of catch-and-release mechanism is just not feasible, so the robots are equipped with hardware that would probably be considered inhumane to use on anything with a backbone.

ProfessorMyung says that, because the robots are designed to work cooperatively, adding more units shouldn't be a problem, and his team is already planning more tests in their efforts to deter the gelatinous invaders.