US Navy: Dolphins are the past, Robots are the future

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    The United States' Navy has announced plans to phase out its mine-clearing dolphin program, which will be replaced by the use of undersea robots.

    Oh, and if you weren't aware, the United States' Navy has a mine-clearing dolphin program (it's about 50 years old, in fact). What, did you think it was all fun and games with Flipper and his ilk?

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    As it turns out, dolphins are good for more than just tricks at SeaWorld and scaring Tyra Banks. They've got keen sense, which makes them able to sniff out underwater mines. The only problem is that caring for and training the dolphins takes up a lot of money.

    And so, enter the robots. While some dolphins may continue to be used past 2017 for specialized missions, these mechanized replacements (called the "Kingfish", har har har) should prove to be an easier, more cost effective alternative.

    I can appreciate mine-fighting dolphins as much as the next guy, but the US Navy does have a point. With this new technology cheap and available, well, what's the porpoise?
     
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    Are the robots related to Minecraft that everyone talks about nowadays? :creep:

    On a serious note, I'm surprised this hasn't been done before with all the underwater tech available for for example old ship hunters.
     
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    Dolphins > robots, but it's good they won't get killed.
     
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    Didn't even know this existed. Sure I knew they were smart, but this smart/trainable?
     
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    Yep. Dolphins are basically underwater dogs.
     
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    They have bigger brains than humans, too.
     
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    It's worth remembering that the Navy does go out of their way to keep the dolphins safe; the dolphins only locate the mines, not take them out kamikaze style.

    Partially because hey, no one wants the animals to get hurt, and partially because the dolphins are so damn expensive, you couldn't afford to lose any.
     

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