06 March 2006

You know, I have one simple request...

...And that is to have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!

Working for a technology company has, I think, lulled me into a false sense of security on the relative sanity of scientists. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, they were feared for daring to venture into God's realm, and going against nature on a regular basis. For most of the 20th century, they were held in awe by the non-academic public, who regarded them as walking that fine line between genius and madness, but ultimately having societies best interest at heart. For the last 20 years or so we are more used to seeing them on television portrayed in their trademark white lab-coats trying to make our hair even silkier, or our whites even whiter, and we have lost the fear and terror that nature had instilled in us for a very good reason.

Not content with building robots that can power themselves on flesh comes the report that scientists working with the Pentagon plan to implant sharks with electrodes to allow them to be remote controlled from up to 300km away. No mention of the lasers yet, but it can only be a matter of time.


At 1:53 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to guess that those nice little red USF wagons were purchased at the school spirit shop for at least 3x the cost of a non-USF wagon. Imagine how much more reasonable grants would be if scientists did their shopping at WalMart


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