October 3, 2009

New Scientist: Cyborg Beetles

This is an extremely short video, but disturbing in its implications. Scientists are now able to control the flight of beetles through radio remote-control. The narrator describes several potential uses for such "cyborg beetles," such as searching for disaster victims (a good use) or for spying. (The proverbial "fly on the wall" may become the real "beetle on the wall"; the spy's electronic "bug" becomes a real bug.) And how long will it take military (or civilian) scientists to control the actions of other animals or even people by remote control?


iMuslim said...

Heebie Jeeeeebies [shudders]

JDsg said...

The implications, or just the beetles? ;)

loolt said...

that poor beetle!