The Department of Homeland Security is sparing no expense in protecting America from terrorists.
There could be an invasion from off the coats. No more planes flown into buildings. But what about terrorist fishing boats? What might they ram? No one really knows. But it’s always a possibility.
So, there is a need for an early warning system. What could be more effective than a school of robot tunas? They would be unobtrusive.
Think of it. Some terrorist from (say) Saudi Arabia has hijacked a catamaran. He is looking into the water. He sees this.
He does not notice that it looks . . . I cannot resist . . . a little fishy. He has never been on a boat before. So he heads to his destination, not knowing that his every move is being tracked.
The “BIOSwimmer” robot features faithfully replicated fins and a flexible tail to pull off quick maneuvers like the real-life fish. Homeland Security made the choice to fund the robot made by the Boston Engineering Corporation in Waltham, Mass., with an eye toward missions such as exploring the flooded areas of ships, inspecting oil tankers or patrolling U.S. harbors to watch out for suspicious activity.
“It’s called ‘biomimetics,’” said David Taylor, program manager for the BIOSwimmer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “We’re using nature as a basis for design and engineering a system that works exceedingly well.”
The fake tuna will be able to squeeze into tight spaces.
It will be able to police harbors.
It will be able to be controlled by a laptop.
Soon, there will be an Apple App. (I am not sure how soon.)
This gives you some idea of how safe Americans are, or will be, one of these days.
No fake tunas need apply.