Secret Agent Fish
This research is no tall fish tale. DARPA is a global epicenter of innovation. It created the internet, GPS, cloud computing and much more. Its mission is to provide the US military with overwhelming technological advantages. DARPA scientists believe that monitoring marine life's reaction to their environment will better track enemy manned and unmanned vehicles. They plan on using crustaceans, mollusks and certain types of fish as a sensor network. This to protect US naval vehicles from threats.
Big Advantages Over Current Sensor Systems
DARPA scientists believe there are big advantages to monitoring how marine life reacts and adapts to changes in the sea environment. They say the organisms can sense stimuli such as chemicals, electrical, tactile, acoustic and optical. Current sensor systems require a wealth of resources and are utilized for specific assets like aircraft carriers. If this fish sensor system succeeds, it would provide more widespread levels of detection.
No Harm to Sea Organisms and Environment
The DARPA program will not alter, train or modify the living sea creatures in any way. And the hardware network that DARPA will create is designed to collect data from a 1640 feet distance without disturbing the sea environment and sea creatures in any way.
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