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The next time you're about to stomp a cockroach, you might want to think twice. A team of scientists from North Carolina State University has developed technology that may one day enable the insect to save lives.
Using video game technology, researchers have figured out how to put the roaches on autopilot, directing them along a pre-designed path. They hope that one day, the technology could be used to send the bugs into areas that are unsafe for humans to enter, such as collapsed buildings or other disaster areas.
"We want to build on this program, incorporating mapping and radio frequency techniques that will allow us to use a small group of cockroaches to explore and map disaster sites," Bozkurt said in the statement. "The autopilot program would control the roaches, sending them on the most efficient routes to provide rescuers with a comprehensive view of the situation."
Originally posted by DragonsDemesne
I remember seeing a very similar article when I first joined ATS, only it was rats instead of cockroaches. They were touting it under the guise of 'search and rescue' there as well...