pesco at March 13th, 2014 11:49 — #1
marlboromonkey7 at March 13th, 2014 12:11 — #2
"As robots penetrate the physical world", instead of populating the worlds of legend and dreams.
rocketpj at March 13th, 2014 12:13 — #3
That robot fish is the first indication that navies as currently defined are going to be obsolete within a decade or two.
A carrier group could be obliterated by a few thousand (or tens of thousands, given the relative cost) of those cheap little things filled with explosives swimming up to them, attaching and blowing up in a coordinated blast. They could even be programmed to float around on the surface with pv cells until needed, possibly even radar invisible.
nixiebunny at March 13th, 2014 12:17 — #4
I saw one of these fish at the University of Arizona. It was a senior project. Very impressive design.
They inhabit the stream that flows through the Uncanny Valley.
alexg55 at March 13th, 2014 12:24 — #5
I heard a talk last year by George Whitesides, who has managed to shift the focus of his research from organic chemistry to soft robotics. He showed a couple of great videos of soft robots doing things that hard ones can't.
Here's one picking up an egg, for instance:
They also show that the robots can survive being hit with a hammer with no damage. Of course, that applies only to the soft parts of the robots, not to the hard mechanical pump that actuates them...
seyo at March 13th, 2014 12:24 — #6
So with the rapidly increasing development and ubiquity of drones and robots in our lives, far outpacing the necessary regulations to along with them, are there also people out there developing effective countermeasures for those of us that might want or need to terminate these things? Some sort of EMP blaster to disable their electronics? Or net launcher to snap them out of the sky or water? I assume that personal smart-rocket launchers are not going to be possible for most of us...
So, who is making "soft" weapons to fight this looming automated scourge? I already know drones and robots are being developed, I don't hear anything about the response technologies. THAT is what I'd like to know more about.
pesco at March 13th, 2014 12:45 — #7
hahaha! brilliant, nixiebunny.
crenquis at March 13th, 2014 12:46 — #8
Just reading between the lines...
made of silicone that is actuated by fluid flowing through veins
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As robots penetrate the physical world
monsterflake at March 13th, 2014 12:58 — #9
they could be destroyed by predatory fish while in open water. (it looks like a fancy lure)
hmsgoose at March 13th, 2014 13:05 — #10
...no danger if they whack you...
peregrinus_bis at March 13th, 2014 13:24 — #11
I actually saw, 15 years ago, the exact same thing (bar any very clever new software) demo'd at a Japan tech expo in London. I was amazed I didn't see more of it - the applications are so evident. Like picking fruit.
peregrinus_bis at March 13th, 2014 13:25 — #12
It's inevitable really. When they can pass the Turing test, they'll monopolise the males.
funkdaddy at March 13th, 2014 13:34 — #13
“As robots penetrate people and start interacting with the physical world more and more, it’s much easier to make robots safe if their bodies are so wonderfully soft that there’s no danger if you whack with them," I FTFY
cause that there is sex tech if I ever saw it, what else as important as robots is actuated in that way?
edit - I see this has been covered already, I bet the patents are already filed too. "Hey baby, check this out, up, down, up, down, up, down all with the flick of a switch, also comes with a clapper & an app that lets Siri operate it for you, at your command."
marlboromonkey7 at March 13th, 2014 13:35 — #14
Or rival school of robofish at a dance showdown at the bottom of the uncanny sea.
daneel at March 13th, 2014 13:40 — #15
anthonyc at March 13th, 2014 13:58 — #16
It is not obvious that they need to pass the turing test, at least for a significant fraction of males.
anthonyc at March 13th, 2014 13:59 — #17
Initially read they as "robotic lecturers." Then was disappointed.
peregrinus_bis at March 13th, 2014 14:02 — #18
daneel at March 13th, 2014 14:04 — #19
gilbertwham at March 13th, 2014 15:39 — #20
Indeed. Can WE all pass the Turing test?
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