Latest By
Category:


Armor
Artificial Intelligence
Biology
Clothing
Communication
Computers
Culture
Data Storage
Displays
Engineering
Entertainment
Food
Input Devices
Lifestyle
Living Space
Manufacturing
Material
Media
Medical
Miscellaneous
Robotics
Security
Space Tech
Spacecraft
Surveillance
Transportation
Travel
Vehicle
Virtual Person
Warfare
Weapon
Work

"I kind of take it for granted that our great-grandchildren will regard us as a sort of precursor species. That they won't think of us as human and if we could see them, we probably wouldn't think of them as human either."
- William Gibson

Robofish (Mitsubishi Robot Turbot)  
  A powerful, meter-long robotic fish used to take samples from liquid lakes on other worlds (like Titan).  

Very nice novelette describes the exploration of Titan in a thoroughly modern way; astronauts do pure science while carrying on good public relations via the web.

Consuelo carefully cleaned both of her suitís gloves in the sea, then seized the shrink-wrapís zip tab and yanked. The plastic parted. Awkwardly, she straddled the fish, lifted it by the two side-handles, and walked it into the dark slush.
She set the fish down. "Now Iím turning it on."
The Mitsubishi turbot wriggled, as if alive. With one fluid motion, it surged forward, plunged, and was gone.
Lizzie switched over to the fishcam.
Black liquid flashed past the turbotís infrared eyes. Straight away from the shore it swam, seeing nothing but flecks of paraffin, ice, and other suspended particulates as they loomed up before it and were swept away in the violence of its wake. A hundred meters out, it bounced a pulse of radar off the sea floor, then dove, seeking the depths...
Snazzy Japanese cybernetics took in a minute sample of the ammonia-water, fed it through a deftly constructed internal laboratory, and excreted the waste products behind it. "Weíre at twenty meters now," Consuelo said. "Time to collect a second sample."
The turbot was equipped to run hundreds of on-the-spot analyses. But it had only enough space for twenty permanent samples to be carried back home. The first sample had been nibbled from the surface slush. Now it twisted, and gulped down five drams of sea fluid in all its glorious impurity. To Lizzie, this was science on the hoof. Not very dramatic, admittedly, but intensely exciting...
From Slow Life, by Michael Swanwick.
Published by Analog in 2002
Additional resources -

MIT made robofish - in their case, a robotuna - as early as 1994.

This story is a lot of fun - you can read it on the web. Don't miss Slow Life by Michael Swanwick.

Compare to another autonomous underwater robot, Wabbler From The Wabbler (1942) by Murray Leinster.

Comment/Join this discussion ( 5 ) | RSS/XML | Blog This |

Additional resources:
  More Ideas and Technology from Slow Life
  More Ideas and Technology by Michael Swanwick
  Tech news articles related to Slow Life
  Tech news articles related to works by Michael Swanwick

Robofish (Mitsubishi Robot Turbot)-related news articles:
  - Robotic Fish From China
  - Robofish Autonomous Fish-bot At London Acquarium
  - Robot Turtle Madeline Flipper Science
  - Robotic Carps Swims Realistically In London
  - RoboSalmon Are Descended From SHARCs
  - Liquid Lakes On Titan Ready For Robofish
  - Antarctic ENDURANCE Robot Helps NASA Explore Europa
  - Robofish Swim Autonomously And Communicate Wirelessly
  - Tai-robot-kun Robot Sea Bream
  - Robotic Fish To Detect Pollution
  - Robot AquaPenguins Soar Underwater
  - MIT Robofish Now More Fishy
  - Coelacanth Robot Discovered In Japan
  - Little Robotic Fish Has Solid-Polymer Fuel Cell
  - Could Robot Fish Lead Gulf Fish To Safety?
  - AQUA2 Underwater Robot With Flippers
  - Robofish Quick As Startled Pike
  - GhostBot Robotic Ghost Knifefish
  - Robot Fish Lead, Real Fish Follow
  - Robofish - To Europa!
  - SHOAL Robotic Fish Patrol Harbors
  - BIOSwimmer Robotic Tuna To Patrol Homeland
  - Grace, MSU's Energy-Efficient Robofish
  - Robot Fish Now With Autonomous 3D Swimming
  - MIT Robotic Fish Is Self-Contained, Autonomous, Fast
  - NASA Submarine For Titan
  - Robo-Dolphin Demonstrates Porpoising

Articles related to Robotics
Swarm Of Mindless Robots Works Together
SpotMini Robot Dog, Autonomous And On Sale In 2019
RoboFly Is Laser-Powered, Adorable
Healthy Fast Food Courtesy Of Robot Chefs

Want to Contribute an Item? It's easy:
Get the name of the item, a quote, the book's name and the author's name, and Add it here.

<Previous
Next>

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

 

 

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

More News

Swarm Of Mindless Robots Works Together
'Very tiny pseudo insects that... can unite to form a superordinate system.'

SpotMini Robot Dog, Autonomous And On Sale In 2019
Great, an autonomous slamhound. It is cute, though.

RoboFly Is Laser-Powered, Adorable
Don't swat this fly!

MSG Sphere Las Vegas, ala Star Wars
'The smoky globe, hung in the vault, was shot with colored light...'

Tetraplegics Dominate Avatar Races
Well, just speaking brain-to-computer...

MIT Ampli Blocks Build Biomedical Devices
Damn it Spock, I'm a doctor not an engineer!

UberAIR Asks For Skytaxi Landing Prototypes
You know you want to ride in one.

Boring Tunnel Almost Ready
Your underground future is calling!

Handheld Human Skin Printer
It outputs a thin wad of uniflesh.

Healthy Fast Food Courtesy Of Robot Chefs
'The electric cook was stirring empty nothing in a pan, with a zeal worthy a dozen eggs.'

More SF in the News

More Beyond Technovelgy

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.