Robert: Scientists teach goldfish to drive
Published on January 5th, 2022 @ 10:23 AM
A team of scientists in Israel have developed a “Fish Operated Vehicle” and taught goldfish to drive.
“Overall, this study suggests that fish can learn to control a vehicle and use simple navigation strategies to successfully perform a task,” researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev say. “The vehicle was designed to detect the fish’s position in the water tank and react by activating the wheels such that the vehicle moved in the specific direction according to the fish’s position.”
I am excited to share a new study led by Shachar Givon & @MatanSamina w/ Ohad Ben Shahar: Goldfish can learn to navigate a small robotic vehicle on land. We trained goldfish to drive a wheeled platform that reacts to the fish’s movement (https://t.co/ZR59Hu9sib). pic.twitter.com/J5BkuGlZ34
— Ronen Segev (@ronen_segev) January 3, 2022
The study found the fish eventually learned to navigate towards a pink target in a three-by-four metre room. Once at the target, the fish were awarded a food pellet.
In total, six goldfish learned to operate the machine, even gaining the ability to maneuver around obstacles.