Does this terrifying robot really have to look like a mermaid?
Wired - 05/11/2016
So OceanOne managing to liberate a vase from a shipwreck is impressive, yes. But it’s unclear whether a waterproof humanoid would be useful beyond excavating human shipwrecks. “The big question to ask is: birds versus airplanes,” says roboticist Hanumant Singh of Northeastern University. “We don’t need flapping wings to fly. And so there are certain applications where it’d really make sense to go with stuff where we don’t have to anthropomorphize.”