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Still Waters

TEDGlobal welcomes robot cockroaches

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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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Jessem

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

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paperdyer

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

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shrooma

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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highdesert50

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

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Frank Merton

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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Lava_Lady

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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s33ker

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

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Dendera

Like they need another way to survive the Apocalypse.

ewww teeth cleaning roaches...

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richardf2013

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

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