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TEDGlobal welcomes robot cockroaches

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 03:15 PM

A project aimed at creating cyborg cockroaches is being launched at the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh.

The insects, intended as a neuroscience learning tool, are controlled via a mobile phone.

The cyborg insect is created by attaching a backpack that communicates directly with neurons in the cockroach's antennae.

"This is not just a gimmick, the technique is the same as that used to treat Parkinson's disease and in cochlear implants," he told BBC News.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...nology-22786371

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 03:20 PM

And its begun! Just when I thought the damned things could'nt get worse!

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 02:25 PM

The fly on the wall spy device will be come the roach in the wall spy device.


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Posted 11 June 2013 - 05:09 PM

QUOTE-
Semi-robotic insects that can be
controlled with a mobile phone are
being developed by researchers.
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bugger that!!
people are happy enough with blackjack & tetris on their phones, so stop messing around with 'roaches, dummies, and get back to work on my GODDAMN HOVERBOOTS!!
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Posted 12 June 2013 - 04:04 AM

I would be hard-pressed to find a better metaphor for this project than a cockroach.


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 04:08 AM

I think such critters could be useful for things like cleaning out drains, picking up litter, pulling weeds, painting houses and highways, maybe even (if they are small enough) cleaning your teeth.


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:52 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 12 June 2013 - 04:08 AM, said:

I think such critters could be useful for things like cleaning out drains, picking up litter, pulling weeds, painting houses and highways, maybe even (if they are small enough) cleaning your teeth.

Clean my teeth???  Ewww!!!  No, thank you.  Maybe your teeth but not mine.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 11:05 PM

Hopefully in a few years, they can also mount some little cannons and cameras on their backs for Roach wars.


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Posted 16 June 2013 - 05:05 PM

Like they need another way to survive the Apocalypse.

ewww teeth cleaning roaches...


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 06:50 PM

It starts with insects, then it will be applied to bigger organisms............





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