Walt Conti, founder and CEO of Edge Innovations, uses a handheld controller to move an animatronic dolphin in a tank at the company's warehouse in Fremont, California. Photo: REUTERS
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The robot dolphin that could replace captive animals at theme parks one day

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By Nathan Frandino

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Flipper meets Godzilla. Dolphins have personalities and are intelligent,. A robot isn't the same.

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That robot dolphin almost looks exactly like a real one, amazing. I wonder if they could make hyper realistic-looking humans as well. Agree with Desert Tortoise, these robots don't have that "alive" factor that an animal has, unless AI is already that advanced that you can't tell the difference. I can already see it now, years or decades from now, there will be a zoo full of robot animals that are realistic enough that you can't distinguish what's real or not.

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Then why go to such a park? Absurdity.

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If both the dolphins and the visitors were AI controlled robots, would everyone have a good time?

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If both the dolphins and the visitors were AI controlled robots, would everyone have a good time?

Do androids dream of electric sheep?

"Do you like our owl?"

"It's artificial?"

"Of course it is."

"Must be expensive."

"Very."

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This makes perfect sense if you're Johnny Mnemonic. Give the dolphin the fin controller and let it control the human...

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Flipper meets Godzilla. Dolphins have personalities and are intelligent,. A robot isn't the same.

You need to catch up matey. Latest robot technology has created robots with both personality and intelligence and independent thought processing and decision making as well.

at the moment mostly used for military and bedroom, but I wouldn’t count on you having a job in 10 years time. Just look at the skiving dolphins that just lost all their free delicious seafood meals. You’re next buddy.

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 Latest robot technology has created robots with both personality and intelligence and independent thought processing and decision making as well.

So quite different from humans then. :-)

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then the trash in Wakayama-ken could try and kill it..that'd be funny...

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at the moment mostly used for military and bedroom

I have seen both and even tried my hand with the former. iRobot let us play with their toys one day. Wow, it's hard to orient yourself using their on board camera, a laptop and game controller. Operating the arms and grippers takes some practice! And while the latter look convincing from ten feet away they are nothing like the real deal. Just a big chunk of impersonal silicone. One of my deliveries was right next to a company making them so naturally I went into the showroom and took a look. Go in the door thinking hubba, hubba, leave thinking yawn, not for me.

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Does it splash with smile? Like those ones at Ocean Park, HK.

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