Researchers looking to stop a voracious predator have built a lean, mean, starfish-killing machine, an autonomous underwater robot equipped with artificial intelligence software. The robot is built by researchers at the Institute for Future Environments at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. From early detection algorithm to the COTSBot today, which has a 99 percent accuracy rate, having done several hundred runs injecting many starfish, this article charts its development journey.

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