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SXSW 2019

Ocean Robots to the Rescue

Did you know a network of nearly 4,000 robots are bobbing up and down in the world’s oceans? Other ocean robots are helping us understand the climate and national security impacts of a melting Arctic and Antarctic. And soft robots can now mimic eels, fish and plankton so scientists can better study the real thing in the wild. Instrument development in the ocean is advancing and allowing scientists to better understand and solve myriad problems facing our changing planet. This panel will hear from ocean roboticists on where we are now, and where the future will take us.

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  1. A global network of ocean robots is helping scientists understand a changing ocean, including impacts on a warming Arctic and Antarctic
  2. New underwater robots that mimic eels, fish and plankton are helping scientists better understand ocean currents and marine life
  3. Future ocean robots will support oceanic discovery and can be used to track everything from oil spills to marine life including whales and dolphins



Brittany Hook, Communications Coordinator, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Intelligent Future
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner
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