• The starfish the team is looking to kill is called the crown-of-thorns, which is a significant threat to the health of coral reef ecosystems.
  • The bot is called Cotsbot, and it's equipped with a machine vision system, as well as the ability to administer a lethal injection to starfish. The researchers have trained their machine learning algorithms to spot crown-of-thorns starfish.
  • "Over the next five months we plan to progressively increase the level of autonomy the robot is allowed, leading to autonomous detection and injection of the starfish," lead researcher Matthew Dunbabin told the BBC.
Crown-of-thorns starfish

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