DARPA demos remote-controllable robosharks
Ryan Block|March 2, 2006 12:30 PM
We'll avoid the obvious jokes, but we don't see much reason for sharks with frickin' laser beams on their heads to in any way trump sharks with neural implants that allow them to be remotely controlled -- even monitored so granularly as to detect what they're feeling -- unless said robosharks also have bespoke lasers. Why do we mention such sharks? Well, it could have something to do with the fact that Boston University and DARPA presented such a project last week, showing their control over fish by remotely electronically stimulating their brains to simulate their sense of scent, causing them to turn and move at the reasearchers' will. So the next time you're being followed by a couple of sharks, don't think "We're gonna need a bigger boat," think "I shoulda paid my taxes."