Jonathan Rossiter: A robot that eats pollution
Jonathan Rossiter - Roboticist
Jonathan Rossiter develops soft robotic technologies and turns them into real robots and smart machines for engineers, musicians, doctors and artists. Full bio
what a robot is, right?
and this is what we get.
lots of different types of robots,
humanoid in structure.
they've got metal,
and you could hug them.
straight out of "Terminator,"
straight out of "Terminator."
things with these robots --
at different kinds of robots --
from the things that don't look like us,
really cool things that we can't,
like moving around on the floor;
and they eat our crops;
characteristics in future robots
some really interesting problems?
now in the environment
the skills and the technologies
to solve those problems.
at two environmental problems.
with the environment
with the pressure of population.
of population around the world
to produce more and more crops.
chemicals onto the land.
nitrates, pesticides --
that encourage the growth of the crops,
if you put lots of fertilizer on the land,
into lakes, into rivers
of these chemicals, these nitrates,
that will be affected by that --
it will mass produce.
and masses of new algae.
when algae reproduces like this,
in the water can't survive.
that will eat the algae,
of the engines that we use,
flush their oil tanks into the sea,
if we could treat that in some way
the oil fields have produced?
you see the basking shark.
so you can swim with it,
in its body to keep moving.
that chugs through the water
from other organisms.
of a water boatman,
to push itself forward.
to make a new kind of robot.
the water boatman as inspiration,
we saw right at the beginning.
robots don't look like that,
anything like the others.
at the components
like the parts of any organism.
those three components,
will have those three components,
it's got two mouths.
it's got a mouth and a derriere,
like that basking shark.
and we need to treat the pollution,
called a microbial fuel cell.
and I'll lift up the fuel cell.
a conventional power system,
in the form of pollution,
like a chemical fuel cell,
come across in school,
take hydrogen and oxygen,
and you get electricity.
it was in the Apollo space missions.
hydrogen on the other,
there are living microbes.
the microbes will eat that food,
the right kind of microbes,
to treat some of the pollution.
spirits and crude oil.
how this stomach could be used
from the pollution.
through the environment,
to move through the environment
when we run the Row-bot --
hopefully you can see here
as the waste products go out.
as quickly as possible.
of electricity per second.
as much energy that that uses
has done its digestion,
until it has consumed all that food.
it could take some days.
looks like this:
doing the same thing again.
like a real organism, doesn't it?
we go out, open our mouths,
we do the same thing again.
we'll have enough energy left over
I've eaten recently,"
that I've encountered,"
saying, "This is where I am,"
that we saw before,
is put your Row-bot out there,
which themselves are not biodegradable.
things like toxic batteries.
their job of work,
of Row-bots you can use.
like a biological organism,
made out of plastic,
in which we use robots.
out into the environment,
into the environment.
they're going to degrade to nothing.
in which you think about robots
that you can do this.
which are biodegradable.
is you can use household materials
you might be surprised.
which we have at the moment,
called artificial muscles.
or they bend or they twist.
you have these artificial muscles.
artificial muscles out of jelly.
the microbial fuel cell's stomach
robot out of biodegradable materials.
and they degrade to nothing.
in which we think about robots,
to be really creative
about what you can do with these robots.
he's not robotic, OK?
is you put it in your mouth --
it's a robot, it may not like it.
it moves, it thinks, it twists, it bends,
into your intestines,
some ulcer or cancer,
something like that.
it's done its job of work,
in which we think about robots.
at robots that would eat pollution,
at robots which we can eat.
we can do with future robots.
About the speaker:Jonathan Rossiter - Roboticist
Jonathan Rossiter develops soft robotic technologies and turns them into real robots and smart machines for engineers, musicians, doctors and artists.
Why you should listen
Jonathan Rossiter is Professor of Robotics at University of Bristol, and heads the Soft Robotics Group at Bristol Robotics Laboratory. His group researches soft robotics: robots and machines that go beyond conventional rigid and motorized technologies into the world of smart materials, reactive polymers biomimetics and compliant structures. Because they're soft, these robots are inherently safe for interaction with the human body and with the natural environment. They can be used to deliver new healthcare treatments, wearable and assistance devices, and human-interface technologies. They wide impact from furniture to fashion and from space systems to environmental cleanup. They can even be made biodegradable and edible.
Currently a major focus of Rossiter's work is on the development of soft robotic replacement organs for cancer and trauma sufferers and on smart "trousers" to help older people stay mobile for longer.
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