Monday, May 12, 2008
Robot Jellyfish and Bionic Dolphins
Scientists in Germany have managed to create the first "intelligent" robotic jellyfish. (Shown above.) According to National Geographic, the Aquajellies use a type of 'swarm intelligence,' to set their own courses, which allows them to come together or avoid each other as needed. They can even 'talk' using light pulses and radio waves.
Hmm. I don't trust jellyfish, and I don't trust robots. Nothing good can come of this.
Fortunately, there's the story of Winter the dolphin to cheer me up. In 2006, two-month-old Winter was rescued in Florida waters after losing her tail in a crab trap. She survived, but without a tail, she could never learn to swim properly. So world-renown prosthetist, Kevin Carroll decided to MAKE her a tail. (He's also made prosthetics for dogs, ducks, and ostriches.) Now Winter holds the record as the world's first bionic dolphin. Read more here.