14 Jun 2012
Artificial intelligence meets Mother Nature
What happens if robots and nature go hand in hand? Because with the environmental concerns that continuingly evolve, it is time for machines to step in. The Cassandra Daily showed that artificial intelligence can become the new best friend of Mother Nature. So eco-intelligence arises. From generating electricity to helping fish swim in the right direction, eco-bots are not afraid to do our dirty work.
Don’t worry about the scarcity of electricity and the abundance of waste because the EcoBot has arrived. This self-sustaining cyborg is fuelled on dirt, leaves, and excrements, which it converts into electricity. An intelligent machine, which is by the way potty trained (it can get rid of its own waste), is developed by the UK’s Bristol Robotics Laboratory. And with the help of funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the EcoBot will propagate electricity from urine in developing countries. Additionally, NASA has noticed its ability to feed off of fecal matter, making it a potential game-changer up in space.
Floating Sensor Network
What do you mean by tweeting is just for humans, the latest tweets came from the Sacramento River written by these small robots. These aren’t ordinary tweets. No, these tweets are helping with the restoring of our environment. So UC Berkeley’s used these little machines for their new approach in assessing local water quality. Lead by Alexandre Bayen of CITRIS, the Floating Sensor Network dispensed 100 robotic devices into the Sacramento River, which were trackable on Twitter through attached GPS units. Because of this Floating Sensor Network researchers were able to see the migration patterns of salmon and the spread of pollutants, as well as gauge levels of salt in the water.
This Robotic Fish can be used to guide fish away from oil spills. A 22mm machine is made by the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and designed by Stefano Marras and Maurizio Porfiri to measure the behavior of a real-life golden shiner (a fish species). As we all know fish swim in large schools to befuddle their enemies, but it is also the core of spreading deceases. With this robotic fish researchers are able to study the dynamics of fish schools, and at the end they can steer fish away as a group from pollution, away from a danger!
Source: Cassandra Daily