Guess what? Drunk fish aren’t afraid of robot fish
(Credit: Polytechnic Institute of New York University)
When the robots take over, some of us might get scared. Others might be terrified. But the smart ones will be drunk.
Provided, that is, a new study on fish and robot fish can tell us anything about the human condition. In a piece of research that cries out for an Ig Nobel prize, scientists learned that alcohol can reduce the fear of scary robots in zebrafish.
Yes, beer goggles even work with robotic Indian leaf fish.
In the study published in Plos One, Maurizio Porfiri of Polytechnic Institute of New York University and colleagues designed a droid that looks and swims like the Indian leaf fish, a natural predator of zebrafish.
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