Robotic Octopus?! TERROR OF THE DEEP!!!

THIS IS HORRIFYING!  Robot octopus?!  I don’t even want to fathom coming across something like this in the water!

Robotic Octopus Tentacle Wants to Become Robotic Octopus

From the article:

The Octopus Project has one 17-inch prototype working and it plans to deliver a full robotic octopus to the EC before its 2013 deadline. Just seven more tentacles to go.

And for more information on this aquatic robotic nightmare-inducing abomination of science, click the follow-up link in the article:

‘Octobot’ Could Save Your Life

Although the Octopus Project didn’t start with specific application goals, such a robot could have a number of uses. Laschi said that a team of British surgeons are interested in applying their technology to an endoscope that turns from a soft tool into a hard one that can perform surgery.

Wait… have the British been watching Japanese anime?  They want to stick this tentacle INSIDE OF US?!?!  What the EFF?!  And then there’s this:

“The challenge for the future — I don’t think they’ve addressed it yet — is how do you actually control a device that has so many different degrees of freedom?”

He calls the octopus a genius among mollusks in part because its nervous system is human-like. That complexity means we still have a way to go before replicating Paul the Octopus, of World Cup prediction fame.

“If we could do something like that, it would be extremely impressive,” Chiel said. “And a little scary.”

Just a little scary?!  How about the stuff H.P. Lovecraft stories are made of?!

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