DARPA Builds Cyborg Beetles

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DARPA Builds Cyborg Beetles

If you're paranoid, now might be a good time to head to the bunker, as the US Government reveals it can build remote-controlled, cyborg beetles.

Those brain-boxes at UC Berkley have figured out a way to make nature conform to their every whim; well a very small part of nature at least. By wiring up a beetle with tiny electrodes that stimulate the muscles in its wings, the researchers are able to effectively steer the beetle via remote control.

"We demonstrated the remote control of insects in free flight via an implantable radioequipped miniature neural stimulating system," the team reported in a paper titled Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience. "The pronotum mounted system consisted of neural stimulators, muscular stimulators, a radio transceiver-equipped microcontroller and a microbattery."

What's a little scary about this story however is that DARPA, also known as Defense Advanced Research Prohects Agency, has funded this research. Next thing you know, it'll be building giant bipedal robots that can stealth launch nuclear weapons or something!

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Holy shit!!! That's pretty incredible if you ask me, remote controlling a live beatle...Fuck! Our technology is advancing rather nicely, id gove it 50 years before Cyborg technology is introduced. I mean proper cyborg stuff

What's a little scary about this story however is that DARPA, also known as Defense Advanced Research Prohects Agency, has funded this research. Next thing you know, it'll be building giant bipedal robots that can stealth launch nuclear weapons or something!

Wow, you mean one of DARPAs projects actually got somewhere? *actually impressed*

That is both cool and really fucking scary. First beetles, then mice, then dogs and then fucking bears and then we're screwed.

I remember reading about this yesterday on LiveLeak...hell of a thing, but it was only a matter of time...

nilcypher:
What's a little scary about this story however is that DARPA, also known as Defense Advanced Research Prohects Agency, has funded this research. Next thing you know, it'll be building giant bipedal robots that can stealth launch nuclear weapons or something!

Yeah, they'll moo too...

This is why the US army is something to be feared.

"We can control beetles! You are doomed!"

A cover up for DARPA's other project...

Not suprised, chinese scientists already know how to mindcontrol pigeons, they learned it years ago.

http://www.engadget.com/2007/02/27/chinese-scientists-control-live-pigeon-flights-via-brain-electro/

Big.

Bad.

BeetleBorgs!

whos side are they on? US? Looks like I was born in the right country!

You may laugh now, but just wait until those things are equipped with spy cameras, gentlemen.

Amnestic:

What's a little scary about this story however is that DARPA, also known as Defense Advanced Research Prohects Agency, has funded this research. Next thing you know, it'll be building giant bipedal robots that can stealth launch nuclear weapons or something!

Wow, you mean one of DARPAs projects actually got somewhere? *actually impressed*

That is both cool and really fucking scary. First beetles, then mice, then dogs and then fucking bears and then we're screwed.

Just like to point out, DARPA invented the internet.

Truth be told, they do have a lot of projects that go nowhere. Between this and the cyborg arm they built for a kid who got his blown off in iraq, sci fi is getting very real.

Fritzvalt:

Amnestic:

What's a little scary about this story however is that DARPA, also known as Defense Advanced Research Prohects Agency, has funded this research. Next thing you know, it'll be building giant bipedal robots that can stealth launch nuclear weapons or something!

Wow, you mean one of DARPAs projects actually got somewhere? *actually impressed*

That is both cool and really fucking scary. First beetles, then mice, then dogs and then fucking bears and then we're screwed.

Just like to point out, DARPA invented the internet.

Truth be told, they do have a lot of projects that go nowhere. Between this and the cyborg arm they built for a kid who got his blown off in iraq, sci fi is getting very real.

I'm well aware that a number of super dandy inventions that we take for granted these days were initially developed by DARPA. I've also heard that they have a super high failure rate (above 90% as I recall) for their projects, so it's always surprising when something they come up with actually works.

Honest question: How long until they adapt this technology to work on humans?

Freakin' Sweet. I will call it the....

Terror-Bite!

I though they were making robot versions of the band.

What a shame...

Amnestic:
Honest question: How long until they adapt this technology to work on humans?

Why would you want to be remotely controlled?
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Amnestic:

Fritzvalt:

Amnestic:

What's a little scary about this story however is that DARPA, also known as Defense Advanced Research Prohects Agency, has funded this research. Next thing you know, it'll be building giant bipedal robots that can stealth launch nuclear weapons or something!

Wow, you mean one of DARPAs projects actually got somewhere? *actually impressed*

That is both cool and really fucking scary. First beetles, then mice, then dogs and then fucking bears and then we're screwed.

Just like to point out, DARPA invented the internet.

Truth be told, they do have a lot of projects that go nowhere. Between this and the cyborg arm they built for a kid who got his blown off in iraq, sci fi is getting very real.

I'm well aware that a number of super dandy inventions that we take for granted these days were initially developed by DARPA. I've also heard that they have a super high failure rate (above 90% as I recall) for their projects, so it's always surprising when something they come up with actually works.
Honest question: How long until they adapt this technology to work on humans?

That's very true. Probably won't hear anything else about this for a few years, but, you never know. I've seen their quadriped robot (I think it's named Dog) on a lot of things recently.

hansari:

Amnestic:
Honest question: How long until they adapt this technology to work on humans?

Why would you want to be remotely controlled?
image

Yes, it's me I want to be remote controlled *eyeroll*

Heh, as soon as I saw this I came running to make the obvious DARPA/Metal Gear jokes. I'm glad to see so many people did the same thing, good job guys!

But seriously, this looks awesome even though I hate most bugs with every fiber of my being. Maybe they'll be able to send this down someone's throat, and have it work its way to the heart so it can plug one of the major valves and cause that person to appear to die of a heart attack.

Sorry, I had to

The gamer's place in war is approaching.

Oh, beetles, not "The Beetles". That is quite the shame. A few more years I suppose.

Amnestic:
Yes, it's me I want to be remote controlled *eyeroll*

I know what you meant. But realistically, if there was any way to get in on some sort of "bionic-enhancements" program, you would probably have to give up your free will...

(scientists have read up on their x-men lore...they know better...)
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ViktorValentine:
That's pretty incredible if you ask me, remote controlling a live beatle...

But don't you see? We already have that technology!

Fritzvalt:

Amnestic:

What's a little scary about this story however is that DARPA, also known as Defense Advanced Research Prohects Agency, has funded this research. Next thing you know, it'll be building giant bipedal robots that can stealth launch nuclear weapons or something!

Wow, you mean one of DARPAs projects actually got somewhere? *actually impressed*

That is both cool and really fucking scary. First beetles, then mice, then dogs and then fucking bears and then we're screwed.

Just like to point out, DARPA invented the internet.

Truth be told, they do have a lot of projects that go nowhere. Between this and the cyborg arm they built for a kid who got his blown off in iraq, sci fi is getting very real.

I thought CERN invented the internet.

TheGreenManalishi:
A cover up for DARPA's other project...

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YOU KNEW?!?!?!

ColdStorage:

Fritzvalt:

Just like to point out, DARPA invented the internet.

Truth be told, they do have a lot of projects that go nowhere. Between this and the cyborg arm they built for a kid who got his blown off in iraq, sci fi is getting very real.

I thought CERN invented the internet.

Nope, DARPA invented it when it was still just ARPA. Them and Al Gore. CERN invented Gordon Freeman, Nuclear Physicist.

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Joke aside, CERN did have the first web server and laid the groundwork for the first World Wide Web, but ARPAnet was the predecessor to all of that.

hansari:

Amnestic:
Yes, it's me I want to be remote controlled *eyeroll*

I know what you meant. But realistically, if there was any way to get in on some sort of "bionic-enhancements" program, you would probably have to give up your free will...

(scientists have read up on their x-men lore...they know better...)
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Exactly. How long until we start seeing legions of remote controlled humans for warfare, specifically bred (or cloned?) for the purpose of shooting the shit out of the specifically bred (cloned?) legion of remote controlled humans on the other team?

/Or maybe I've been reading too many sci-fi novels.

AceDiamond:

TheGreenManalishi:
A cover up for DARPA's other project...

image
YOU KNEW?!?!?!

ColdStorage:

Fritzvalt:

Just like to point out, DARPA invented the internet.

Truth be told, they do have a lot of projects that go nowhere. Between this and the cyborg arm they built for a kid who got his blown off in iraq, sci fi is getting very real.

I thought CERN invented the internet.

Nope, DARPA invented it when it was still just ARPA. Them and Al Gore. CERN invented Gordon Freeman, Nuclear Physicist.

image

I came to say something similar... but that picture trumps andything I could ever say ever. You may have won the internets.

We've been doing that with rats for years...

AceDiamond:

Nope, DARPA invented it when it was still just ARPA. Them and Al Gore. CERN invented Gordon Freeman, Nuclear Physicist.

image

Joke aside, CERN did have the first web server and laid the groundwork for the first World Wide Web, but ARPAnet was the predecessor to all of that.

So CERN did invent the internet?, they had created the first webserver.

Sorry, but calling ARPANET the first porn site just seems funny to me.

ColdStorage:

So CERN did invent the internet?, they had created the first webserver.

Sorry, but calling ARPANET the first porn site just seems funny to me.

I don't think that's what I said at all, especially since things like Usenet and Telnet (the latter being in existence since the 1970s) existed when ARPAnet existed but long before CERN's TCP/IP web server was created. The server itself was isolated from the Internet at large (such as it was) until 1989, same year that the first commercial ISP was created, by America.

However the major contribution by CERN, or more correctly, Tim Berners-Lee, was HTTP and the WWW protocols.

In short, Confusing.

Amnestic:

What's a little scary about this story however is that DARPA, also known as Defense Advanced Research Prohects Agency, has funded this research. Next thing you know, it'll be building giant bipedal robots that can stealth launch nuclear weapons or something!

Wow, you mean one of DARPAs projects actually got somewhere? *actually impressed*

That is both cool and really fucking scary. First beetles, then mice, then dogs and then fucking bears and then we're screwed.

a-hem(russian accent)Armoured, Dolphins

AceDiamond:

ColdStorage:

So CERN did invent the internet?, they had created the first webserver.

Sorry, but calling ARPANET the first porn site just seems funny to me.

I don't think that's what I said at all, especially since things like Usenet and Telnet (the latter being in existence since the 1970s) existed when ARPAnet existed but long before CERN's TCP/IP web server was created. The server itself was isolated from the Internet at large (such as it was) until 1989, same year that the first commercial ISP was created, by America.

However the major contribution by CERN, or more correctly, Tim Berners-Lee, was HTTP and the WWW protocols.

In short, Confusing.

haha! got you!. Sorry i'll stop that now.

edit, regardless of who invented beetles and the protocols and the such, lets be honest here
the internet was a much better place when it was too complicated for stupid people and then too expensive for poor people.

All I could think then was what a massive beetle that was! :|

Pretty impressive stuff. Wait til they do it on humans, then we're screwed.

Next thing you know we're gonna have Six Million Dollar Men running around.

In the future wars will be fought by robots. Humans are too damn expensive.

Amnestic:

What's a little scary about this story however is that DARPA, also known as Defense Advanced Research Prohects Agency, has funded this research. Next thing you know, it'll be building giant bipedal robots that can stealth launch nuclear weapons or something!

Wow, you mean one of DARPAs projects actually got somewhere? *actually impressed*

That is both cool and really fucking scary. First beetles, then mice, then dogs and then fucking bears and then we're screwed.

Fucking Wolverines.

Hell will rain from the skies.

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