Australia to use AI robots to eradicate stray cats
According to Australian officials, stray cats are responsible for the death of 9 million animals every day.
The Western Australian government allowed the construction of artificial intelligence-equipped robots to kill millions of stray cats, also known as feral cats, that destroy the local wildlife at the end of June.
Cats, who were introduced by British immigrants, are responsible for the extinction of 9 million animals on a daily basis throughout Australia, according to Geo. Mammals, including the indigenous marsupial anteater, reptiles, birds, insects, and even amphibians are among them.
The plan? A robot called Felixer has been trained to recognize cats with artificial intelligence and spray them with a jet of eight milligrams of sodium fluoroacetate, popularly known as "poison 1080," which is very toxic to cats. Once on the cat, it will lick itself and consume the toxic substance.
There will be fifteen of these solar-powered gadgets installed. Artificial intelligence allows for the robot to specifically recognize cats while sparing other animal species. Domestic cats have previously been subjected to a curfew in order to avoid any potential hazards.
Australia spends roughly $20 million on traps and baits to combat the plague of feral cats.