Tuesday, March 14, 2006

U.S. MILITARY PLANS TO MAKE INSECT CYBORGS

So this is where the new defense spending bill money is going... Insect cyborgs? C'mon guys. Is this really what we need? We still can't seem to stop the roadside bombs in Iraq and now we're working on friggin' INSECT CYBORGS?
Facing problems in its efforts to train insects or build robots that can mimic their flying abilities, the U.S. military now wants to develop "insect cyborgs" that can go where its soldiers cannot.

The Pentagon is seeking applications from researchers to help them develop technology that can be implanted into living insects to control their movement and transmit video or other sensory data back to their handlers.

In an announcement posted on government Web sites last week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, says it is seeking "innovative proposals to develop technology to create insect cyborgs," by implanting tiny devices into insect bodies while the animals are in their pupal stage.


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