Professor Hillel Chiel talks about potential for robotic octopus

‘Octobot’ could save your life

Discovery News: European scientists believe a robotic octopus could be used for surgery or search-and-rescue missions. But Hillel Chiel, professor of biology, neurosciences and biomedical engineering, said he thinks its potential is somewhat limited. “The challenge for the future — I don’t think they’ve addressed it yet — is how do you actually control a device that has so many different degrees of freedom?”