Two weird stories today with the potential for being spookily linked, especially if you believe in conspiracy theory. Maybe not so far off though. We’re already deploying drones; it’s only a small leap of the imagination to completely roboticised weapons. Look out Arnie …..
Of Aquabots and Stings
Specialists in termination.
Are they back?
Is science fiction/ fantasy
morphing to reality?
Aquabots patrol the seas
Meanwhile in China,
Giant hornets swarm the skies,
2nd October 2013 – headlines from the Independent
Notes: “Jellyfish ‘pulverizing’ robots trained in Korea to hunt down their prey.” Scientists in South Korea have developed a team of aquatic robots dedicated to thinning out the numbers of jellyfish swarms. Known as the Jellyfish Elimination Robotic Swarm (or JEROS) the sea-bound robots use a combined GPS and camera system to detect jellyfish before catching them in nets. Once caught, the jellyfish are pulverized using a special propeller. The JEROS system is estimated to be three times more economical than manual removal of the jellyfish, with the robots – which travel at a speed of 6 knots or 7mph – eliminating around 400kg of the invertebrates an hour. The researchers also experimented with arranging their killer ‘bots into swarms.
Notes: “Killer hornets: Deadly insects leave 41 dead and 1,600 injured.” A rare spate of killer hornets has left 41 people dead in central China and more than 1,600 have also been injured in attacks from the deadly insects, the Shaanxi provincial government said in a statement. Hundreds have suffered from anaphylactic shock and renal failure after being stung by their toxic sting, which measures 6mm in length and injects a potent venom. Asian giant hornets are the world’s largest hornet, measuring approximately two inches in length with a wing span of three inches. The intensely predatory insects are most aggressive in behaviour when they mate and migrate in September and October. Local officials have also said drier and warmer weather this year has contributed to the ferocity of attacks.
- Jellyfish shredding robot tested to control swarms (telegraph.co.uk)
- Giant Asian Hornets Are Killing People In China, Breeding In Larger Numbers: Reports (huffingtonpost.com)