It's like my grandma used to say: "Life is a grand adventure, and there are only three things worth worrying about - your family, your health and cyborg moth spies."
New research out of North Carolina State University this week promises to accelerate the development of cybernetically modified "biobot" moths. The idea? To create remote control moth swarms that could be deployed as a flying sensor network for surveillance or disaster response.
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The concept has actually been around for quite a few years - since 2006, officially - in the form of a U.S. government sponsored program called HI-MEMS (Hybrid Insect Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems). The program is administered, rather predictably, by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
The overall goal of the program is to create genuine cybernetic insects - a literal merging of biological and electronic bugs. Circuitry implanted into the moths allows for remote control of the insect, which may also be equipped with various kinds of monitors and transmitters. For example, sensors might include low-power video cameras and microphones, or gas sensors for bugs flying into certain disaster scenarios.