Global events continually bring more and more attention to water pollution.
Scientists and researchers are constantly looking for ways to monitor the pollution in harbors around the world.
Just last week, the scientists moved from the labs to a sea trial.
The robot fish is going to be used to patrol harbors autonomously in the search for pollution. The goal is to reduce the time it takes to detect a pollutant in the harbor from weeks to seconds.
The robotic fish has a lot of other applications as well. The device can be used to help with underwater security, and diver monitoring. It can also perform search and rescue efforts.
Each fish is about 5 feet long and has a fin on the back that moves back and forth to propel it just as a natural fish would move. The robot costs $31,600 and packs in numerous sensors to pick up common pollutants.
This is a great example of future AI. The device does not require input from the shore station, but has a simple task and defined intelligence.
The artificial intelligence is used to avoid obstacles, map location, and return to base when the battery packs run low.
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