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Cyborg cockroach project launched

Posted on Tuesday, 11 June, 2013 | Comment icon 9 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

Image credit: CC 2.0 Thomas Quine

Semi-robotic insects that can be controlled with a mobile phone are being developed by researchers.

The unusual project is being debuted at the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh and is designed to be a neuroscience learning tool. The brainchild of scientist Greg Gage, the "RoboRoach" will be equipped with a special backpack that can communicate directly with the neurons in the insect'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," said Gage. "The point of the project is to create a tool to learn about how our brain works. We are pretty certain that this doesn't impose pain on the insect and they still have free will because they adapt very quickly and ignore the stimulation."

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

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Jessem on 10 June, 2013, 15:20
And its begun! Just when I thought the damned things could'nt get worse!
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer on 11 June, 2013, 14:25
The fly on the wall spy device will be come the roach in the wall spy device.
Comment icon #3 Posted by shrooma on 11 June, 2013, 17:09
QUOTE- Semi-robotic insects that can be controlled with a mobile phone are being developed by researchers. . 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!! :-)
Comment icon #4 Posted by highdesert50 on 12 June, 2013, 4:04
I would be hard-pressed to find a better metaphor for this project than a cockroach.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Frank Merton on 12 June, 2013, 4:08
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.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Lava_Lady on 12 June, 2013, 22:52
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.
Comment icon #7 Posted by s33ker on 12 June, 2013, 23:05
Hopefully in a few years, they can also mount some little cannons and cameras on their backs for Roach wars.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Dendera on 16 June, 2013, 17:05
Like they need another way to survive the Apocalypse. ewww teeth cleaning roaches...
Comment icon #9 Posted by richardf2013 on 14 October, 2013, 18:50
It starts with insects, then it will be applied to bigger organisms............

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