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Robot Fish Is Disrespectful to Pollution
April 1, 2009, 8:04 pm
Filed under: Green Technology


Most of the time when people think about biomimicry, or “innovation inspired by nature,” they’re thinking about designs “inspired by” nature, like this building inspired by a termite mound and this car inspired by a blowfish. Think made for TV movies starring Sally Field that are “inspired by” a true story – there’s a connection, but you really have to look hard to see it.

Not so with the incredibly cool new biomimicry technology Robot Fish! Robot Fish is a wee chemical lab built like a carp that swims around in rivers and bays testing water for pollutants. This truly has to be seen to be believed – go watch this video explaining how it works. You will be glad you did.

So cool, right? My favorite Robot Fish feature is the little handle it has on top so scientists can carry it around like a giant, fish shaped briefcase.

When the Robot Fish are swimming instead of being toted around by scientists, they are able to convey real time information about pollution to people in a position to do something about it. That means leaks, spills, and dumps can be detected in enough time to actually do something about it, which is not possible today.

The first school of Robot Fish will be released into a port in Spain in 2011. You know what that means! By 2020 or so the Robot Fish will become self-aware, form committees and start building themselves thumbs. I’m predicting a damp version of SkyNet by 2030 at the latest.


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