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Darpa Hatches Plan for Insect Cyborgs to Fly Reconnaissance

July 31, 2008

Cyborg insects with embedded microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) will run remotely controlled reconnaissance missions for the military, if its '"HI-MEMS" program succeeds... In a HI-MEMS world, cyborg bugs would patrol, gather intelligence, penetrate secret meetings, track targets, retrieve samples and more--all predicted by Easton's 1990 book.

However, also founded in 1990 was the watch-dog group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF, San Francisco), which has more than a little trepidation about Darpa realizing Easton's dreams of cyborg bugs conducting ubiquitous surveillance.
"Anyone who is just a little bit creative can imagine both useful and non-productive applications of remote-controlled animals--especially if ordinary people will mistake them for normal animals," said Peter Eckersley, staff technologist at the EFF.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007
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