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Slideshow: Nautical Robots Go With the Flow

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Variety of water worthy robots
Ann R. Thryft   5/29/2013 11:30:32 AM
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William, what was funny wasn't the thinness of the fish's profile--I've noticed that before--it was the idea of their missile launching capability. I think that's what Rob was also reacting to.



William K.
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William K.   5/29/2013 3:48:41 PM
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Ann, OK, that makes sense. Of course a missile launching fish would be a very interesting creature. Probably we could train a school of dolphin to escort a missile launching robot dolphin, giving it a nearly perfect cover. The main hazard would be poachers. Perhaps DARPA would be interested in that concept, which just popped into my head. I am not at all familiar with the DARPA dolphin program and have never heard of "Freddy the Fish".

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   5/29/2013 6:53:27 PM
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Now I can't tell if you're pulling my leg about DARPA and Freddy the Fish. ?

William K.
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William K.   5/30/2013 2:50:42 PM
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Ann, I deny all knowledge of any such programs.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   5/30/2013 7:12:10 PM
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William, I am very suspicious now about who you work for. I'm going to go Google Freddy the Fish and DARPA.

William K.
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William K.   5/30/2013 10:42:13 PM
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Nobody will admit to anything.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   5/31/2013 12:31:30 PM
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Isn't that the truth. That's why I'm using trusty old Google. It never fails!

William K.
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William K.   5/31/2013 3:27:12 PM
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"good luck."

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   5/31/2013 4:40:54 PM
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Glad you enjoyed my sarcasm, William. All kidding aside, Google can be a useful tool, but one must know how to evaluate sources.

William K.
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William K.   5/31/2013 7:48:17 PM
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Ann, it was not completely clear when things turned, so you did a good one on me. About Google; I have had quite a bit of serious frustration when attempting to find information about some product or system and the dumb google search instead turns up a hundred sites that want to sell me one, even if they don't have it and have no concept of what it is. At that point it becomes a first rate time waster.

But on the other topic, while invisibility in the normal sense is a big challenge, being un-noticed is a lot simpler, hence the comment about the missile launching dolphin and such. Consider how easy it would be for you to pass somebody by if a whole crowd were wearing AnnThryft masks. Spotting the real one is a challenge if they all look similar.

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