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A giant flower beetle with implanted electrodes and a radio receiver on its back can be wirelessly controlled, according to research presented this week. Scientists at the University of California developed a tiny rig that receives control signals from a nearby computer. Electrical signals delivered via the electrodes command the insect to take off, turn left or right, or hover in midflight. The research, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), could one day be used for surveillance purposes or for search-and-rescue missions.
Originally posted by M157yD4wn
the bug is tethered, obviously to not fly away. Could this be painful? its forcing the beetle to do something it isn't naturally choosing to do. In a highly unnatural way. i've done a bit of research concerning flight patterns of bugs, specifically ladybugs and cicadas, but the wings seem to be vibrating much much faster than usual.
i know, i know, they're bugs. No, i'm not getting all PETA on yall, but if it does cause pain, then the ethical and moral aspects of this are increased dramatically. Where would it stop? Animals next? Then Humans?
Originally posted by xSMOKING_GUNx
It is not a real bug!
This, is nanotechnology at it's finest.
a human being whose body has been taken over in whole or in part by electromechanical devices; "a cyborg is a cybernetic organism"