Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have managed to control the movement of beetles. They have done this by connecting small radio antenna to electrodes and shocking the beetles nervous system. A live cyborg beetle? I am not sure if I am intrigued or disturbed.
Considering that the cyborg beetle project is funded by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) there could be a more literal meaning to bugging a room. Check out more images of UC Berkeley's cyborg insects, as well as a video of a similar project undertaken by researchers at Cornell University, above.
UC Berkeley Houses Remote Controlled Live Beetles (UPDATE)
1. Remote Controlled Insects - The ability to control the movement of insects using technology presents opportunities for surveillance, research, and other applications.
2. Cybernetic Organisms - The development of cyborg beetles illustrates the potential for integrating technology with living organisms, opening up possibilities for advancements in medical, agricultural, and industrial fields.
3. Biohacking - The manipulation of insects' nervous systems through electrodes and radio antennas showcases the potential for biohacking and exploring new frontiers in neuroscience and bioengineering.
1. Surveillance - The use of remote controlled insects could revolutionize the surveillance industry by providing discreet and agile tools for information gathering.
2. Medicine - The concept of cybernetic organisms opens up new possibilities in medicine, such as the development of implantable bio-electronic devices to enhance human capabilities or treat various conditions.
3. Agriculture - The application of cyborg insects in agriculture could lead to more efficient pest control methods and precise pollination techniques, improving crop yields and sustainability.