Wednesday, January 30, 2019

MIT's New Robot Explorers Calculate Risk

Daring Bands of Robot Explorers for Ocean, Space and Earth

Source:  MIT


Algorithm Breakthrough by MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Scientists
MIT and WHOI scientists have created a new algorithm that enables marine robots to take calculated risks on whether to research unknown, vast regions in the ocean worthy of scientific exploration.  It's an algorithm that enables robots to calculate risk versus opportunity.

UAV Explorers
They are autonomous underwater vehicles (UAV's).  The robots are very expensive and are designed to explore new worlds.  This new algorithm technology lets the robots calculate if the potential reward of going into dangerous geographies is worth the risk.  According to MIT and WHOI scientists, the algorithm is the first to enable "risk-bounded adaptive sampling."  It is the robot determining if the potential is worth the risk.  The project was supported by NASA.  It may also be used by robots in space.

Exciting New Applications
According to MIT, the potential use is for bold fleets of intelligent robot explorers to look for the impact of climate change on coral reefs, new offshore oil deposits, space exploration and a lot more.  Exxon Mobil also helped to fund this research. It is a potential gamechanger for intelligent robots. For more news stories on innovation, go to amazon.com/author/ekane  

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