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Thursday, March 21, 2019

A robot interacting with young honey bees in Graz, Austria, exchanged information with a robot swimming with zebrafish in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the robots' communication influenced the behavior of each animal group, according to a study published in Science Robotics today (March 20). "It's the first time that people are using this kind of technology to have two different species communicate with each other," says Simon Garnier, a complex systems biologist at New Jersey Institute of Technology who did not participate in the study. "It's a proof of concept that you can have robots mediate interactions between distant groups."

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As robotics technology has advanced, biologists have sought to harness it, building robots that look and behave like animals. This has allowed researchers to control one side of social interactions in studies of animal behavior. Robots that successfully integrate into animal populations also provide scientists with a means to influence the groups' behavior.

"The next step, we were thinking ... [is] adding features to the group that the animals cannot do because they don't have the capabilities to do so," José Halloy, a physicist at Paris Diderot University who has been working on developing robots to interact intelligently with animals for more than a decade, writes in an email. "The simple and striking thing is that robots can use telecommunication or the Internet and animals cannot do that."

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Maybe one of these years - after they've perfected it - they can plant one around Sniper and normal people will be able to figure out WTF he's babbling about..

#1 | Posted by HeeHaw at 2019-03-21 03:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I thought that said "fish and beer" and I thought it was some kind of major culinary breakthrough. Then I read the article.

Imagine the bait you could make from that fish robot - you just need bees to control it, and they work for nectar....

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-03-21 07:57 PM | Reply

I've been worried about "Skynet" but it looks like it'll turn out to be InsectFishNet that covers humanity.

#3 | Posted by YAV at 2019-03-21 09:43 PM | Reply

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