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Are cyborg cockroaches unethical ?


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#1    UM-Bot

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 11:56 AM

Neuroscientists have come under fire over the ethics of their new remote control cockroach kits.

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Co-founders Greg Gage and Tim Marzullo of "Backyard Brains" raised eyebrows at a TEDx talk recently when they showcased a new piece of kit that could be implanted in to cockroaches to allow an operator to control their movement through an iPhone.

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 12:21 PM

It's difficult to feel sorry for roaches. There are many beneficial and beautiful insects around the world, but there are also lice, fleas, tsetse flies, horse flies, house flies, mosquitos, and yes the ubiquitous cockroach. The spoilage of food they cause and the disease they spread no doubt causes much human illness. While we should not be cruel to animal life, it just seems that worry over the ethics of experimenting on insects is a bit ridiculous, most live just a few weeks and are driven purely by instinct. After all, we go through millions of lab mice and rats and they are at least "warm and fuzzy." And who knows, we may learn something in the process.


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Posted 12 October 2013 - 01:49 PM

Creepy? Yes... Icky? Definitely.... Disgusting? Absolutely...   Unethical?... Maybe, depends what they do with them and where the tech goes from there...


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Posted 12 October 2013 - 03:18 PM

Yes very unethical, much better to smash and gas them.


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Posted 12 October 2013 - 08:48 PM

This just the first step in ultimate government control. Who said the government was ethical?

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 10:47 PM

That sounds cruel, even though I don't love roaches they are still living beings..


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Posted 12 October 2013 - 11:33 PM

Why don't people just rip the wings off flies, superglue a string leash to them and save $99?  Of course it's unethical.  Who even has to ask that question?

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 04:53 AM

I find it strange how some people would have no qualm with gassing an entire population of these insects if they found a colony in their house.  Taking a single that that colony considers an expendable subject, placing a computer chip on its head, is more unethical than wiping their whole family, or smashing the buggers when you see them with your shoe?


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Posted 13 October 2013 - 07:27 AM

It's a roach. I gave no problem with it. Sounds like fun


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Posted 13 October 2013 - 08:25 AM

Love or loathe the roach you have to respect them,they've adapted to every environmental change and been around much longer than we have so who's the smartest? For me it's unethical as are all experiments on living creatures and actually serves no purpose in its current form.


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Posted 13 October 2013 - 08:56 AM

View Postash68, on 13 October 2013 - 08:25 AM, said:

Love or loathe the roach you have to respect them,they've adapted to every environmental change and been around much longer than we have so who's the smartest? For me it's unethical as are all experiments on living creatures and actually serves no purpose in its current form.
Nobody is debating their ability to survive and adapt, but intelligence had nothing to do with their ability to survive, I would gather it was sheer numbers and their resiliency.  How many mice are being used as test subjects in labs worldwide?  Do you really think that the mouse population is having a decline in population because of our testing.  Your last sentence is ridiculous.  If it weren't for using animals as test subjects we wouldn't have advanced this far in medical science.  Would you rather we use living people to test potentially dangerous drugs, treatments, and therapies?  Either way, as they say, when we are gone, the roaches will still be here.


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Posted 13 October 2013 - 06:50 PM

First roaches. Then mice. Next, horses, cats and dogs. Last, human integration.

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 07:01 PM

If it eventually allows me to have a laser cannon able to shoot out of my chest, I'm good with this

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 09:39 PM

View PostMr. Smith, on 13 October 2013 - 06:50 PM, said:

First roaches. Then mice. Next, horses, cats and dogs. Last, human integration.

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 10:09 PM

I don't have a problem with killing a whole colony of roaches living uninvited in my house.  But I find killing or mutilating them for entertainment unethical.





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