This week’s New York Times’s science section has a creepy glimpse of the robotic future in it: a multi-armed aquatic octopus robot.
I got to see this bot on a recent trip to Italy. It admittedly currently only has four soft arms, but it can already swim, crawl, and hold tools like a champ. And the researchers have dreams of good–rather than evil–for its future. It will be a big help for repairing underwater turbines, oil rigs, ships and possibly even mending the nets of fish farming operations (sorry, fish!), the team says.