We've already covered their DIY project to build your very own mind-controlled cyborg cockroach, but now the North Carolina State University researchers have taken roach control to a whole new level. The team created an interface that sends a cockroach scurrying in any pre-determined direction, and they're using an Xbox Kinect to keep it on track.
The roach gets moving through some clever biological trickery. Researchers wire sensors to the roach's external sensory organs, which causes the bug to move forward. Small charges injected into the roach's neural tissue trick the roach into thinking its antennae are hitting a barrier, which causes it to turn. Researchers use a computer to plot the roach's course, and then send it on its way.
The NC State researchers created the robo-roach last year, but the Kinect is a new addition. By setting up the gaming device and pointing it toward the roach, the researchers can track the movements of the roach, and the system automatically tweak its path if necessary.
The team is eventually hoping to use the wired roaches to enter dangerous situations like collapsed buildings, areas where human crews (and hefty rescue robots) can't reach.
Cool, although it's probably not quite as fast as this cardboard roachbot.
If only this be mounted on the KING of cockroaches and lead the world coackroaches into a pit of fire!!!!!
Isn't this disgusting? Do they teach ethics at all in science schools? No wonder we have frightening weapons and a surveillance state. Scientists seem to be missing the empathy gene.
What is really missing from the above illustration is an automatic weapon on the back of the cockroach,
rat a tat tat!!!
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this is wrong on so many fucking levels... you are detracting from this creatures life, i would have less trouble with this if you just smashed it. at 1:46 in the video it is clearly trying to override the microchip and it fails! what the fuck people!?
to mars or bust!
I bet this project was funded by some government agency for application in humans.
NCSU scientists engaged in this kind of work have traded away any sense of empathy for living creatures in favor of the intellectual and emotional high that comes from developing new technology for technology's sake and oppressively controlling a weaker being. Don't be fooled by the pablum about helping humanity. Concurrent with this project are many others in which tiny robots are being developed that will be able to accomplish the same thing and more for disaster intervention. The concept and development of "biobots" adds yet another deplorable example to the ever-growing list and history of violations of the physical and psychological well being of humans and non-human animals in the name of science. The cockroach is a perfect victim for this kind of torture. First, it is an insect and therefore vulnerable to assumptions, ideologies and biases that claim this type of animal is no more sentient than a robot (bunk). Further, the cockroach is an animal detested by many of us, so it's easier to justify abusing it or at least ignoring its suffering (morally inexcusable). As technological "progress" becomes increasingly more seductive, invasive and oppressive, we as humans, participants in society and fellow inhabitants of this planet must become more vigilant about and sensitive to the impact and implications of our overwhelming desire to explore, exploit and control.
How cool is that!
Kudos to you, churruta!
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
~ Albert Einstein
The beginnings of a newer, more twisted perversion of life are always exciting. How many is it now?
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