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DARPA (who else?) Plans Remote Control Insect Army


Gary Kitchener - bbc news

The Pentagon's defence scientists want to create an army of cyber-insects that can be remotely controlled to check out explosives and send transmissions.

The idea is to insert micro-systems at the pupa stage, when the insects can integrate them into their body, so they can be remotely controlled later.

Experts told the BBC some ideas were feasible but others seemed "ludicrous".

A similar scheme aimed at manipulating wasps failed when they flew off to feed and mate.

The new scheme is a brainwave of the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), which is tasked with maintaining the technological superiority of the US military.

OTHER DARPA SCHEMES

Arpanet information processing system - a precursor to the internet

Self Healing Minefield - the mines reconfigure themselves to fill gaps when one or more are stepped on

Brain Interface Programme to wire soldiers directly into their machines

Mechanical Elephant to penetrate dense Vietnam War jungle.

Policy Analysis Market - online futures market where "traders" wager on future terrorism and assassinations

Computer game, Tactical Iraqi, to teach troops how to decipher Iraqi body language

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posted: 3/16/2006

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