A few years ago we were at a South by Southwest party hosted by Maureen McHugh, where I introduced my stepson Barton to cyberpunk Bruce Sterling. Their discussion culminated into Bruce showing Barton YouTube videos of robotic jellyfish...which, it seems, are moving from a bit of a novelty into use as drones.
"The robotic jellyfish - approximately the size of a human hand - requires batteries to operate and researchers are hoping the bot will ultimately be capable of mimicking the efficient propulsion capabilities of real-world jellyfish to extend its runtime. Using the efficient jellyfish-like method of propulsion, scientists believe the robot will be capable of running for months on a single charge instead of hours."
I could also see Cyro being used to spy on the citizens of Rapture, perhaps turning their degeneration into anarchy into the most lurid of reality television: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea meets Atlas Shrugged.
Derek Austin Johnson has lived most of his life in the Lone Star State. A member of the Turkey City Writer's Workshop, his work has appeared in The Horror Zine, Tell-Tale Press, Skull Fragments: A Skelos Sampler, Rick Klaw's Rayguns Over Texas!, Nova Express, Moving Pictures, Her Majesty's Secret Servant, and Revolution SF. His film column "Watching the Future" appeared each month at Hugo Award-winning SF Signal.
He lives in Central Texas.