Digital Agenda for Europe
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Robots of the deep

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We must learn to both sustainably exploit and protect our vast oceans, provider of oxygen, food, hydrocarbons and other resources. A solution lies in sensing and interacting through an Internet of Things, with distributed networks of intelligent sensors and actuators. Unfortunately, we currently lack a marine Internet, crucial to achieve distributed, coordinated and adaptive control, due to the rapid absorption of light and radio waves in seawater.
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Underwater robots can explore seas and rivers, gathering in groups to solve problems together, if they learn to cooperate.

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