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posted by martyb on Tuesday January 18, @09:16PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the why-do-we-need-artificial-intellegence-anyway dept.

Israeli researchers train fish to drive robotic car:

A goldfish has successfully driven a robotic car, claims new research from Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, discovered as part of an experiment to explore animal behavior.

The researchers wanted to know whether animals' innate navigational abilities are universal or are restricted to their home environments. Taking the premise to the extreme, they designed a set of wheels under a goldfish tank with a camera system to record and translate the fish's movements into forward and back and side-to-side directions to the wheels. By doing so, they discovered that a goldfish's navigational ability supersedes its watery environs.

Their findings were published in the peer-reviewed journal Behavioural Brain Research. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0166432821005994?via%3Dihub

The researchers tested whether the fish was really navigating by placing a clearly visible target on the wall opposite the tank. After a few days of training, the fish navigated to the target. Moreover, they were able to do so even if they were interrupted in the middle by hitting a wall, and they were not fooled by false targets placed by the researchers.

Link includes a video that is pretty convincing. The fish does at least as good of a job as the early qualifying attempts I saw for the first Grand Challenge Darpa competition.


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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by JoeMerchant on Tuesday January 18, @09:25PM (1 child)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Tuesday January 18, @09:25PM (#1213677)

    https://www.looper.com/253029/the-aj-carmichael-details-you-never-noticed-in-the-umbrella-academy/ [looper.com]

    Maybe Tesla could accelerate their auto-driver development by adding a few C. auratus processors in clear tanks on the corners of the vehicles?

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @12:29AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @12:29AM (#1213734)

      Had not seen that show, thanks for the link.

  • (Score: 2, Funny) by gawdonblue on Tuesday January 18, @09:28PM

    by gawdonblue (412) on Tuesday January 18, @09:28PM (#1213678)

    Will drive the car straight into the river and occupy its west bank.

  • (Score: 2) by Snotnose on Tuesday January 18, @09:35PM (1 child)

    by Snotnose (1623) on Tuesday January 18, @09:35PM (#1213680)

    I used to throw fishing lines with no hook but a float into the local lake with friends. Idea being, fishing is fun and productive. Sitting under a tree reading a book is a waste of time.

    I'm actually not kidding here. When I was a kid dad took me hook and release fishing, and I never believed the fish were happy campers in that scenario.

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    • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Tuesday January 18, @10:19PM

      by Freeman (732) on Tuesday January 18, @10:19PM (#1213696) Journal

      In the event that you crimp the barb on the hook when doing catch and release, it's not as bad. In the event a fish swallows an uncrimped hook, that sucker is toast.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Freeman on Tuesday January 18, @10:17PM

    by Freeman (732) on Tuesday January 18, @10:17PM (#1213695) Journal

    were not fooled by false targets placed by the researchers

    Then again:

    they were able to do so even if they were interrupted in the middle by hitting a wall

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @05:37AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @05:37AM (#1213785)

    Being jews all they can think of is money.

    Gold-fish, silver-fish, shekel-fish...

    Jews may include 'gold' in their names but they will never be golden. They will forever remain the parasitic race they are.

  • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Wednesday January 19, @07:24AM (2 children)

    by maxwell demon (1608) on Wednesday January 19, @07:24AM (#1213794) Journal

    They should have used a swarm of fish to drive the car. It surely would have worked better, because of swarm intelligence. :-)

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    • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @11:46AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @11:46AM (#1213823)

      Looks like a pretty cheap experiment to repeat...

      Have fun building a larger fish tank on top of a Roomba!

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @10:20PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @10:20PM (#1213966)

      They're smarter because they've been in schools.

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