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The Navy has a shark robot

The Navy has a shark robot
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Which science fiction trope did you think would become a reality in 2014? Shark robot certainly wasn't high on my list, but the U.S. Navy's latest creation could have just proved everyone wrong. The Navy's new shark drone is five feet long, nearly 100 pounds and actually about the size of an albacore tuna.

The shark drone can dive to depths of 300 feet, but also works in shallow water. That's because it looks and functions almost identically to how a real shark moves.

It uses its tail to get around and the telltale fin hangs out of the water if the drone is in the shallows. The robo-shark can swim completely independently.

The shark drone could be used for surveillance, intelligence gathering or for mundane tasks like inspecting friendly ships.

 So you know a little more about the shark's specs, but the best is yet to come. There are always moments where you realize that we are living in a futuristic-ish society, and I think this video could be one of them for you. It certainly was for me.

For some reason, it's also a lot less scary to know that at least someone's working on drones that can't spy on us from the air. I'm more comfortable with government intelligence being gathered from the sea.

Did that video weird you out? It was certainly a little jarring for me too. This drone won't be mass produced any time soon, but I can definitely see the use for something that blends into the ocean so effectively.

If you're wondering what the robot future will look like, I've written articles about robot bosses, bartenders and grocery store clerks. Let's hope that robots get a little friendlier next year.

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Source: Slate
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