Scientists have come one step closer to making your nightmares a reality by creating a bug-controlled robot -- okay, so it's only a tiny robot, and the pilot's only a moth. Scientists scented a part of the room with female moth pheromones, and the male pilot was compelled to go towards them.
As you can see in the video, it's eerily good at piloting the miniature bot. It was even able to overcome obstacles and challenges like wind and a turning bias in the machine's steering. There's a point to this experiment aside from entertainment though, and it's to equip robots with animal senses like smell, so they can be used to detect dangers like chemical leaks.
It's compelling to watch, even if it does give you a bad feeling about future cyborg insect overlords.
271 clicks in 44 w
More Stats +/-