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Dragonfly Surveillance Robots, Cyborg Surveillance Moths?

Dragonfly Robot ExampleYou’re going to think I’m joking, but I’m not. People have been spotting dragonfly-like surveillance machines hovering near protests in Washington, DC and New York City. What exactly are they? What are they doing there? Who put them there? Or is it just swamp gas reflecting the light from Venus? Nobody knows for sure.

If that doesn’t freak you out, this may: cyborg half-living, half-computer surveillance moths implanted with computer chips by the Defense Department:

…researchers funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are inserting computer chips into moth pupae — the intermediate stage between a caterpillar and a flying adult — and hatching them into healthy “cyborg moths.”

The Hybrid Insect Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems project aims to create literal shutterbugs — camera-toting insects whose nerves have grown into their internal silicon chip so that wranglers can control their activities. DARPA researchers are also raising cyborg beetles with power for various instruments to be generated by their muscles.

Pardon me while I go crawl under the nearest blanket and suck my thumb.

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