Inventions & Tech

Robotic Fish Never Sleep, Never Die

Not even our aquariums are safe from the coming robot apocalypse.

What you see above are “lifelike Robofish,” launched at the 2012 Tokyo toy fair. They run on batteries and swim through water, accurately mimicking the motions of real fish.

Of course, if you’d rather be terrified by the real thing, scientists have also successfully genetically engineered bioluminescent fish. That’s right: fish that glow in the dark.

These glow-in-the-dark fish were unveiled this year at the 2012 Taiwan International Aquarium Expo. The species is Archocentrus nigrofasciatus var, and they aren’t supposed to glow.

But there you have it: Science.

This isn’t the first we’ve seen of glowing fish out of Japan, though. Here’s a video showing off fluorescent “decorative” fish from 2009:

“…despite the fish being sterilized and can’t reproduce, there are still some concerns that the glowing fish gene will contaminate local populations.”

We do some pretty crazy things.


Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. For nearly 10 years, he's managed Stranger Dimensions, providing a unique perspective on all matters involving time travel, parallel universes, and whether or not robots might one day take over the world.

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