[NetBehaviour] Pentagon plans cyber-insect army.

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Jun 9 11:35:26 CEST 2006

Pentagon plans cyber-insect army.

DARPA is calling for bids on a project to create an army of 
cyber-insects that can be remotely controlled to check out explosives 
and send transmissions.

Micro-systems would be inserted at the pupa stage, when the insects 
-such as dragonflies and moths- can integrate them into their body, so 
they can be remotely controlled later or sense certain chemicals, 
including those in explosives.

A winning bidder would have to deliver "an insect within five metres of 
a specific target located 100 metres away".

The "insect-cyborg" must also "be able to transmit data from relevant 
sensors, yielding information about the local environment. These sensors 
can include gas sensors, microphones, video, etc."


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