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Unmanned 'Terminator' Robots Kill Jellyfish

samzenpus posted 1 year,20 days | from the it-can't-be-reasoned-with dept.

Robotics 149

First time accepted submitter starr802 writes "Scientists from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, South Korea, have developed a 'jellyfish terminator' robot set out to detect the marine coelenterate and kill it. Scientists started developing the robots three years ago after South Korea experienced jellyfish attacks along its southwest coast, where they clogged fishing nets and ate fish eggs and plankton, Discovery News reports. The Jellyfish Elimination Robotic Swarm or JEROS has two motors that let it move forward, backwards and rotate at 360 degrees." In related news, the Oskarshamn nuclear plant in southeastern Sweden was shut down recently after moon jellyfish overwhelmed the screens and filters in cooling pipes."

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people = shit (5, Insightful)

aliquis (678370) | 1 year,20 days | (#45033781)

What needs to be done is to destroy the fishing fleets.

Robots to kill moon jellyfish (5, Interesting)

Sockatume (732728) | 1 year,20 days | (#45033803)

We are living in the future.

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (1)

OneSizeFitsNoone (3378187) | 1 year,20 days | (#45033825)

They are dying of future!

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (2)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | 1 year,20 days | (#45033977)

They are dying of future!

Aren't we all? ;-)

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (1)

OneSizeFitsNoone (3378187) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034361)

Who is the guy who said that healthy people are actually ill people unaware of their true condition?

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (5, Funny)

Sockatume (732728) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034085)

If they wanted to live they should have stayed on the moon.

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (1)

Krneki (1192201) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034541)

NASA should create a task to send those poor animals back to the moon, where they can leave in peace.

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45035709)

They are dying of future!

I don't know why but I couldn't stop laughing at this.

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45033917)

Yeah, the future where climate change screws up the planet for comfortable human living, species survival. A few small insignificant islander populations displaced yesterday, a few data centers and nuclear plants inconvenienced today, LALALA not listening there is no global warming LALALALA we don't want to change out carbon based business models and society LALALALA... At least the jellyfish and algae blooms will thrive in this future - something will evolve from that in a millennia or ten thousand.

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45033953)

Overfishing + Climate change == oceans are screwed. So are we. Human history seems to indicate that nothing will be fixed until it is broken/a distaster has galvanized the population. Unfortunately these issues have no quick fixes once they are in the feedback loop...

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (1, Informative)

Lumpy (12016) | 1 year,20 days | (#45033971)

Actually Climate change will raise ocean temperatures and make it EASIER for ocean life to thrive.

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (5, Interesting)

DarkOx (621550) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034197)

Actually Climate change will raise ocean temperatures and make it EASIER for ocean life to thrive

Some types of Ocean life perhaps, but not necessarily the stuff that feeds or even the stuff that isn't unpleasant to share a swim. The stuff we don't care for so much Jellyfish and tiny creatures that we mostly experiences as mats of nasty scum will probably take over.

If the temperatures of sea water rise much it gets more acidic. Other complex life hostile chemical events around surfer and phosphorus might also turn it into a toxic soup.

If some of the marine biology people are right the rise in sea level is going to be the least of what we humans experience as problems. I am not at all convinced by the AGW science, I don't support carbon emissions regulation and might not even if we had conclusive evidence climate change was a man made event, because I think we should be making the investment in adaptation at this point. We are already near 400ppm its likely positive feed back at this point with our without us. We need to be looking geoengineering and finding solutions to actively control the climate.

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45034625)

See it positively: When the ocean turns into a toxic acidic soup, killing most animals living there, the dead animals will sink to the ocean floor and take their carbon with them. Indeed, it's likely that over millions of years, new crude oil will formed of them (who said crude oil was not renewable?). OK, so we probably won't be there to profit from it, but be assured the next intelligent species will be happy to boost their economy with all that oil we helped forming by burning the old one.

Maybe that's one of the big cycles of earth: After some time, an intelligent species turns up, takes the buried carbon off the ground and puts it back into the atmosphere, thus causing a mass extinction event it itself doesn't survive, and by doing so causing the creation of new oil. So don't worry about the fact that humans will vanish from the surface of earth. It's all part of the big plan. ;-)

Soylent Oceanographic Survey Report, 2015 to 2019 (1)

Thud457 (234763) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034787)

Man, I really hope jellyfish can't regenerate from a bud. Otherwise these JEROS jellyfish killer robots are a bad idea .

Re:Soylent Oceanographic Survey Report, 2015 to 20 (3, Informative)

NatasRevol (731260) | 1 year,20 days | (#45035007)

You REALLY don't want to read the third paragraph of this article then.

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2013/sep/26/jellyfish-theyre-taking-over/?page=2 [nybooks.com]

It'll scare the crap out of you. Seriously.

Here's a sample:

One of the fastest breeders of all is Mnemiopsis. Biologists characterize it as a “self-fertilizing simultaneous hermaphrodite,” which means that it doesn’t need a partner to reproduce, nor does it need to switch from one sex to the other, but can be both sexes at once. It begins laying eggs when just thirteen days old, and is soon laying 10,000 per day.

Jellyfish are voracious feeders. Mnemiopsis is able to eat over ten times its own body weight in food, and to double in size, each day.

Re:Soylent Oceanographic Survey Report, 2015 to 20 (2)

NatasRevol (731260) | 1 year,20 days | (#45035097)

More:

The question of jellyfish death is vexing. If jellyfish fall on hard times, they can simply “de-grow.” That is, they reduce in size, but their bodies remain in proportion.

One kind of jellyfish, which might be termed the zombie jelly, is quite literally immortal. When Turritopsis dohrnii “dies” it begins to disintegrate, which is pretty much what you expect from a corpse. But then something strange happens. A number of cells escape the rotting body. These cells somehow find each other, and reaggregate to form a polyp. All of this happens within five days of the jellyfish’s “death,” and weirdly, it’s the norm for the species.

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (3, Informative)

Time_Ngler (564671) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034209)

No, because the carbon dioxide is making the ocean more acidic. And I have a link!

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/oct/03/ocean-acidification-carbon-dioxide-emissions-levels [theguardian.com]

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45034591)

But but but... Global warming will make the oceans relase carbon dioxide, which will cause further global warming, which will make the oceans relase more carbon dioxide, and so on. This is what will cause the runaway greenhouse effect, that will put the Earth into Venus' orbit, if we are to believe the politicians.

If the oceans instead suck up the carbon dioxide, not only are we not going to have that runaway global warming, we are going to have even less global warming than if we just take the runaway part out of the equation.

You nasty global warming denier.

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (1)

Time_Ngler (564671) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034945)

Well, until the trend of oceans sinking up the carbon dioxide ends, it will become more and more acidic, killing all the marine life. Then, after it begins to heat up, much of the life will have already gone extinct. Just like when someone cooks your dinner, and then cools it down before it gets to your plate, it that doesn't reverse the process of cooking it.

Here is another link describing what AC is talking about! http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20413-warmer-oceans-release-co2-faster-than-thought.html [newscientist.com]

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45034213)

Easier for jellyfish. It will kill coral and other fish. Plus with the overfishing, it isn't good out there.

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (2)

jbmartin6 (1232050) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034443)

The colder seas have more life in them than the tropics. Something to do with oxygen content IIRC.

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (1)

cusco (717999) | 1 year,20 days | (#45036195)

Mostly it's because colder water tends to be water brought up from the depths, which carries nutrients leached out of the ocean bottom. The Humbolt Current off the west coast of South America is a good example. There are several oceanic 'deserts' where very little grows because all the nutrients have been used up by the time currents carry the water there. They're in warm water areas of course, since the water has had time to warm up during its contact with the surface on the way there.

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (1)

gtall (79522) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034481)

Not really. It depends on the reason the ocean temperatures rise. If it is because of increasing CO2, then the oceans become acidified thus killing reefs and destroying entire ecosystems. Even if CO2 doesn't make the temperature rise, it is bad news for ocean life.

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034967)

Just remember, the actual equation is this:

overfishing + climate change == oceans are screwed FOR US.

We got rid of predators (fish), so their prey (jellyfish) have grown out of control.

The jellyfish are perfectly happy with this.

We might have to start eating differently.
http://sandiego.metblogs.com/2009/05/03/the-truth-about-eating-a-jellyfish/ [metblogs.com]

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (1)

oneandoneis2 (777721) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034217)

Eh, it'd be more impressive if they ATE the jellyfish to power themselves

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034309)

It'd be even more impressive if they were robot jellyfish.

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (1)

gtall (79522) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034485)

Nah, it would be more impressive if they MATE with the jellyfish thus leading to more androidjellies.

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (1)

CreatureComfort (741652) | 1 year,20 days | (#45035495)

Androidjellies... Is that the next phone from Samsung for the Korean market?

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (1)

JDevers (83155) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034889)

If they ate the jellyfish used them for power and then used the elemental components to build more jellyfish killers, THAT is the best idea so far.

Hopefully they never run out of jellyfish...

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (1)

pr0fessor (1940368) | 1 year,20 days | (#45036203)

Until they realize that man is the cause of over population and hundreds of new terminators come out of the ocean patterned from captured tv signals and looking like Summer Glau...

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45035789)

Suisei no Gargantia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gargantia_on_the_Verdurous_Planet
In the distant future, mankind has taken to the stars and formed the Galactic Alliance of Humankind. The Alliance is engaged in a perpetual war with a tentacled alien species known as the Hideauze.

Re:Robots to kill moon jellyfish (1)

azcoyote (1101073) | 1 year,20 days | (#45035841)

We're getting there. Next we put a woman inside the robot, and send to fight giant space jellyfish and the space pirates who enslave them. Rainbow hyper beam FTW!

Don't jellyfishes refrigerate? (1)

OneSizeFitsNoone (3378187) | 1 year,20 days | (#45033819)

I though jellyfishes would prove good nuke-plan refrigeration material.

Re:Don't jellyfishes refrigerate? (1)

jimshatt (1002452) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034157)

Or at least a viable nutrient for the Korean population.

Re:Don't jellyfishes refrigerate? (1)

OneSizeFitsNoone (3378187) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034351)

It's a shame they are being wasted for robot target-practice.

Re:Don't jellyfishes refrigerate? (1)

gtall (79522) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034491)

I've eaten pickled jellyfish at Chinese restaurant. They were okay but I doubt you'd get a lot of nutrients out of them.

Re:Don't jellyfishes refrigerate? (1)

jimshatt (1002452) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034601)

Maybe create bouncy castles out of them. Just destroying them seems so wasteful... :)

Philip K Dick short story (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45033839)

Sounds like Philip K Dick's "Second Variety" short story...

Re:Philip K Dick short story (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45034097)

Except that those robots were deployed against the Russians. They are quite unlike the jellyfishes, in spite of what Americans may believe.

DO NOT click that link! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45034907)

WARNING : you really DON'T want to look at that GIS link below. you have been warned.

yeah, apparently Russians are more like drug-addled zombies [google.com] .


just say "HELL NOPE" to krokodil. really.

Bad idea (5, Insightful)

ecotax (303198) | 1 year,20 days | (#45033843)

While the nerd im me can't help to appreciate the tech in those things that make them auto-detect and kill stuff, I'm not convinced this is a good idea at all.
Wouldn't it make more sense to fix the root cause of this problem, that is, overfishing?
Did they even consider the consequences of generating 400 kilos of dead stuff an hour? Something will probably find this a nice food source. Are we going to kill that too, and where does this end?
Are we sure it only kill jellyfish?

Re: Bad idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45033847)

Kudos to this. Prepare to be downmodded and flamed for telling the right thing.

Re:Bad idea (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | 1 year,20 days | (#45033899)

Did they even consider the consequences of generating 400 kilos of dead stuff an hour?

400 kg of biomass per hour to incinerate for energy generation or to turn into hydrocarbons to make the process self-sustaining?

Re:Bad idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45033929)

I saw some anime about that like 15 years ago, I wish I could remember the name.

Anyways, the robots ate humans to get energy.

Re:Bad idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45033997)

If "incinerating water" was a great power source, all our troubles would indeed be over. Alas, it's not.

(Biomass is mostly water.)

Sure, some kind of a bio reactor might be able to use the material but making a mobile swimming killer bio reactor is about as much a real possibility as fusion power...

Re:Bad idea (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034121)

It would have to be a ship-sized device. I believe that for thermal depolymerization, the water contents is actually useful. The high percentage of water in jellyfish is worrisome, but the feasibility of the process depends on the efficiency of heat recovery from the exiting steam. Since ordinarily, the EROEI of the process is somewhere around five for "standard" inputs, it might still work.

Re:Bad idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45034051)

Wrong biomass, they are 98% water. Not great deals of energy to recover in there.

Re:Bad idea (4, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034257)

Wouldn't it make more sense to fix the root cause of this problem, that is, overfishing?

Heh heh heh. Overfishing. I mean, that's part of the problem, but did you forget about acidification? (Let's just gloss over nuclear currents for a moment.) The significant sea creatures that can tolerate it gracefully are brittle stars [nature.com] and jellyfish [msn.com] . Algae will do okay as well, but kelp won't -- the increased acidification promotes algae that competes with it. So you get a big soup of stars, jellies, and algae. Mmmmmmmm good.

As for what the jellyfish become food for, it's everything below it, like always. Unless you have a problem with bottom-dwellers there's no reason to complain about that. The real issue is what we're doing to our biosphere that's causing these problems.

By all means, stop overfishing, HAHAHAHA. But that won't stop this.

Re:Bad idea (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034557)

It would help. There are large predatory fish that eat jellyfish, they might suffer due acidification anyway, but fishing them to extinction is not helping.

BlueFin Tuna needs to be added to CITES.

Re:Bad idea (1)

cascadingstylesheet (140919) | 1 year,20 days | (#45035721)

Wouldn't it make more sense to fix the root cause of this problem, that is, overfishing?

It's that simple, is it? People can just stop eating?

Why are humans the only species that doesn't get to compete?

Really? (3, Interesting)

nospam007 (722110) | 1 year,20 days | (#45033861)

"South Korea experienced jellyfish attacks along its southwest coast, where they (...) ate fish eggs and plankton,"

The bastards!
What about Dolphins and sharks? Do they have a robot for those too?

Re:Really? (1)

ecotax (303198) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034037)

Well, them eating fish eggs is not spectacular, but it can be problematic - it means that once they are abundant, it's harder for fish to make a comeback.

Re:Really? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45034039)

these are not normal Korean jellyfish, these are an invasive species, looks like fat american variety, but actually traced to the torpedo-tubes of israeli submarines lurking in Asian waters.

usnavy has sonar which repeatedly and consistently kills most whales within its range. this fact has been largely ignored until last week. mass-media prefers to blame dead whales on the Northerners and Japanese.

sharks are altogether a different problem

Re:Really? (1)

brunokummel (664267) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034959)

these are not normal Korean jellyfish, these are an invasive species, looks like fat american variety, but actually traced to the torpedo-tubes of israeli submarines lurking in Asian waters.

usnavy has sonar which repeatedly and consistently kills most whales within its range. this fact has been largely ignored until last week. mass-media prefers to blame dead whales on the Northerners and Japanese.

sharks are altogether a different problem

Gotta kill these fat american invaders!

Smile!! You're on NSA Camera!

Re:Really? (1)

ketomax (2859503) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034281)

Cut them some slack. They need to prepare the forces against the impending attack by Attuma's Atlantean army.

Re:Really? (1)

jbmartin6 (1232050) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034459)

Soon the North Koreans will build a robot designed to kill the South Korean robots. With the US and China pulling the wires behind the scenes. It will be the next generation of war by proxy.

Re:Really? (1)

gtall (79522) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034511)

Sorry to pop your silly geopolitical bubble, but the U.S. does not pull S. Korea's wires and China does not pull the Norks. Both Ks are adamantly opposed to foreign manipulation by anyone. China recently had to impose trade blocks for certain goods to the Norks because they couldn't pull their wires any other way. The U.S. would much rather remove its troops but would also like a trading partner that was not glowing red, so they keep them there.

Re:Really? (1)

jittles (1613415) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034567)

"South Korea experienced jellyfish attacks along its southwest coast, where they (...) ate fish eggs and plankton,"

The bastards! What about Dolphins and sharks? Do they have a robot for those too?

No, but they did just sign a defense pact with the Japanese, who have sworn to protect the Koreans from hordes of whales!

jellyfish removal scenario (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45033887)

"Jellyfish removal scenario"... Personally, I would've called it "seek and dice program"

Bad feeling about this (4, Funny)

Arancaytar (966377) | 1 year,20 days | (#45033891)

Because you know one of these days Jellyfish Connor is going to subvert one of these and travel back into our time to protect his parents.

The ecosystem is screwed (4, Insightful)

Dasher42 (514179) | 1 year,20 days | (#45033911)

There are supposed to be predators keeping these creatures in check. Unfortunately, we've overfished the oceans and polluted them so heavily that this problem is only set to grow.

Re:The ecosystem is screwed (1)

plover (150551) | 1 year,20 days | (#45035053)

Maybe we can eat the JEROS. As long as we have a self-sustaining population of killer robots roaming the seas replacing the natural predators, we should probably try to get something good out of them, right? :-)

aquarium sized? (1)

dutchwhizzman (817898) | 1 year,20 days | (#45033933)

With the current craze about moon jelly fish aquariums, will this robot fit in there? What if my jelly fish decide they want to take over the world, I need some sort of defence against that!

The Great Robot-Jellyfish War of 2013 (4, Funny)

Mystakaphoros (2664209) | 1 year,20 days | (#45033935)

I think we'll all look back with pride when we tell our grandchildren how we served on the day our country called us.

Re:The Great Robot-Jellyfish War of 2013 (1)

gijoel (628142) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034359)

Unfortunately the jellyfish sent one of their top soliders back in time to protect the mother of the greatest jellyfish general to have ever lived. So we're still screwed.

Re:The Great Robot-Jellyfish War of 2013 (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45034495)

It ate the fish egg that would have produced a fish that could crawl out from the sea.

Re:The Great Robot-Jellyfish War of 2013 (1)

Guppy (12314) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034957)

I think we'll all look back with pride when we tell our grandchildren how we served on the day our country called us.

"The wars of the future will not be fought on the battlefield or at sea. They will be fought in space, or possibly on top of a very tall mountain. In either case, most of the actual fighting will be done by small robots. And as you go forth today remember always your duty is clear: To build and maintain those robots." -The Secret War of Lisa Simpson

Re:The Great Robot-Jellyfish War of 2013 (1)

bossk538 (1682744) | 1 year,20 days | (#45035179)

What about when the jellyfish call in a giant carbon-consuming space jellyfish to consume all the terrestrial biomass?

Who's next (4, Interesting)

gdr (107158) | 1 year,20 days | (#45033943)

First the robots came for the jellyfish, but I did not speak out because I was not a jellyfish ... (Not sure if joking).

Re:Who's next (3, Interesting)

Thanshin (1188877) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034081)

Actually, they first came for the terrorists, then for political dissidents and rebels, and only then, the jellyfish.

Amoebas should start worrying.

Re:Who's next (2)

Maquis196 (535256) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034353)

But all the amoeabas are in politics, they have nothing to worry about. Keep voting them in people!

Re:Who's next (1)

ZiakII (829432) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034771)

Well they are spineless and therefore stand for everything I stand against and stand against for everything I stand for. By launching a global offensive we can wipe the jellyfish out. If we hit that bullseye, the rest of the dominoes should fall like a house of cards. Checkmate.

This is just stupid (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45033963)

So instead of fish they are catching jelly fish.
And their reaction is to design a robot to kill jelly fish.
Why not simply catch the jelly fish and eat them?
I know that in certain parts of china they eat jelly fish. I've had it and it's pretty good.
If they just start eating those the population of jelly fish will naturally decrease without having to wastefully kill them for nothing.

Re:This is just stupid (1)

gtall (79522) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034519)

I think those that are eaten in China are the non-weaponized kind. Eating jellyfish venom cannot be good for your circulatory system. And the ones that bite are the worst.

Re:This is just stupid (1)

locopuyo (1433631) | 1 year,20 days | (#45035555)

I heard they're good on toast.

This Robot == LOL (3, Informative)

burni2 (1643061) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034025)

Have you watched the video,

the robot consists of a funnel made from rope and suspenders, an digital sensor (on off / perhaps optical to it can differentiate between a tuna and jelly fish) and a propeller (looks like electric outboard motor)

The jelly fish is detected, the electric motor is switched on and the jelly fish is sucked in and hacked by the rotating propeller.

Re:This Robot == LOL (1)

SpzToid (869795) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034307)

Watching that video, I can only visualize the jellyfish screams, as they are shredded into a liquid vapor.

However on an evolutionary perspective of food-chain, this might be a local improvement. Robots are good at large-scale gardening.

Re:This Robot == LOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45034983)

And what did you think it would be? Sniper rifles? Arpoons?
Simplicity is always better in design.

Re:This Robot == LOL (4, Informative)

Sockatume (732728) | 1 year,20 days | (#45035505)

That's just the business end. If you actually read the article, you'd know that the whole buoy-shaped contraption at the top of the page is the robot; it uses a camera to identify jellyfish and plots its own path to efficiently patrol through the swarm. It's an impressive computer vision and AI achievement.

http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-37374-9_38 [springer.com]

Animal food (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45034031)

Lots of fish is used as animal food for the meat industry. Why not use jellyfish in the same way?

Re:Animal food (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45034195)

Lots of fish is used as animal food for the meat industry. Why not use jellyfish in the same way?

Because, the poison tenticles hurt the appetite and tend to stun the feeding animal causing paralysis and in many cases death?

BUT NUCLEAR IS RELIABLE!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45034095)

I've been led to believe all this time that nuclear power was the only useful baseload because renewables were intermittent, but it appears that along with "What if there is no wind at all across the country?" you need to have "What if you have a lot of jellyfish in the area".

Obviously then the existence of this electronic age is merely a matrix reconstruction since power cannot be supplied if there's a chance it can go out!

2015: Terminator2 robots created to kill previous (1)

abies (607076) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034191)

News in 2015: Terminator Mark2 robots created to kill Terminator Jellyfish hunter robots clogging fishing nets....

This reminds me of SF short story, where people came up with idea of robotic doves (birds) acting as police and paralysing people who wanted to commit murder. But they had to adapt to do the job properly - to detect intent even in most ruthless killers. Soon they started to prevent people killing insects. After that, it was not possible to switch off TV set. And solution for that was to create self-evolving robotic killer hawks to catch the doves... anybody knows what was the name of the story, cannot find it now?

Re:2015: Terminator2 robots created to kill previo (1)

Tackhead (54550) | 1 year,20 days | (#45036295)

This reminds me of SF short story, where people came up with idea of robotic doves (birds) acting as police and paralysing people who wanted to commit murder. But they had to adapt to do the job properly - to detect intent even in most ruthless killers. Soon they started to prevent people killing insects. After that, it was not possible to switch off TV set. And solution for that was to create self-evolving robotic killer hawks to catch the doves... anybody knows what was the name of the story, cannot find it now?

You're looking for Robert Sheckley's 1953 short story Watchbird [gutenberg.org] , via Project Gutenberg. There was a TV adaptation in 2007's Season 1, Episode 6, Masters of Science Fiction [imdb.com] .

Great read.

What are they hiding? (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034193)

to detect the marine coelenterate and kill it.

I don't like the way they use the singular there...

Re:What are they hiding? (1)

mrbester (200927) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034285)

The ultimate goal is to find the Lord of the Deep and then use the "rotating blades of death" as a more sensationalist headline described it.

ation (1)

sacrilicious (316896) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034295)

the other robots can simply follow in a formation by exchanging their location information via wireless communication.

I think the above line in the article gets my award for highest "-ation" density. Possibly excluding fragments of one or two rap songs that made it past my 5-second response time.

What will PETA call the jellyfish? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45034303)

Save the Sea Boobies?

There are already terminators developed! (1)

coder111 (912060) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034377)

They are called sea turtles. Or if not, then sharks, tunas & swordfish. Go breed more of these, or stop killing them off in such numbers and let their populations recover!

--Coder

We already have an effective robot (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45034679)

They're called fish, and they're even self-replicating. Unfortunately we are the ones that keep terminating too many of them.

Rumor has it (1)

puddingebola (2036796) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034791)

Rumor has it that they are looking for a jellyfish named Sarah Connor.

Puree? (1)

Marrow (195242) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034839)

Can't they put large spinning blades in front of the screens on the cooling pipes? Or use some other means like sonic demolition to destroy the critters before they get to the screens?

Frank Schätzing - The Swarm (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45034911)

With all those jellyfish invasions lately I can't help but think of that book

Wait, Jellyfish? (1)

Jmac217 (3006299) | 1 year,20 days | (#45034993)

Jellyfish attacks? They don't seem like they'd be the best at "attacking" people, but rather just floating close to shore and people swimming into them. It seems like people are provoking the jellies on accident and they're passively fighting back. Now we're setting killer robits out into the wild depths. What's next? Sharks? That would be horrible, but it makes sense according to the logic that if it attacks - kill it!

Did the death of Giant Jellyfish cause spawing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45035019)

I thought there was an article a while ago about Japanese sailors capturing those enormous jellyfish which would spawn every 8 years or so, then killing them and throwing them back into the sea. And it turned out that by killing them, it allowed them to spawn thousands more.

Or was I mistaken? I can't find the article./

Easy kill (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45035083)

So its like a big robotic egg-beater, or something?

Sea turtles - the original jelly fish killer. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45035343)

Fix THAT problem.

We're doomed (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#45036211)

Doesn't cutting jellyfish exacerbate the problem? Saw a documentary about the jellyfish epidemic, and fishermen were cutting them up with machetes and dumping them in the water making the problem worse.

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