Tuesday, March 14, 2006


From The Washington Times :

"The Pentagon is seeking applications from researchers to help them develop technology that can be implanted into living insects to control their movement and transmit video or other sensory data back to their handlers.

"....it is seeking 'innovative proposals to develop technology to create insect cyborgs,' by implanting tiny devices into insect bodies while the animals are in their pupal stage.

"The devices that DARPA (a military-focused, high-tech research department of the US government) wants to implant are Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, or MEMS. MEMS technology uses tiny silicon wafers like those used as the basis for computer microchips. But instead of merely laying circuits, MEMS technology can cut and shape the silicon, turning the chip into a microscopic mechanical device.

"The solicitation envisages the implanted device as a 'platform' onto which 'various microsystem payloads can be mounted ... with the goal of controlling insect locomotion, sens[ing] local environment, and scaveng[ing] power'."

So if they're ready to do this to insects, does this mean something similar has already been done to human soldiers?

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