Robot fish and the dawn of "soft robots"

MIT engineers are developing "soft robots" with bodies made of silicone that is actuated by fluid flowing through veins in the material. They've just demonstrated a soft robotic fish.

“As robots penetrate the physical world and start interacting with people more and more, it’s much easier to make robots safe if their bodies are so wonderfully soft that there’s no danger if they whack you," says Daniela Rus, director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Just reading between the lines...
    made of silicone that is actuated by fluid flowing through veins



    sex bots




    As robots penetrate the physical world
  4. “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."

  5. It is not obvious that they need to pass the turing test, at least for a significant fraction of males.

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