According to the BBC, the Pentagon is looking into the creation of an army of cyber-insects that can be remotely controlled to check out explosives (and, perhaps, to deliver them?) and send transmissions. You can read the full article here.
Apparently, 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.
Umm... am I the only one who thinks this is both wrong and dangerous?
Remember the "slippery slope" is always a pretty good guide with stuff like this (the "thin edge of the wedge" works well too).
Today, insects... tomorrow, humans.
Really, if we can figure out a way to create cyber insect soldiers, can the creation of cyber human soldiers be far behind?
At which point, Kurt Russell's role in the 1998 flick Soldier will start to look more like science fact than science fiction.
There are just some things that I don't think we're ready to be messing around with, and this is one of them.
Two words for you, people - Cylons. CYLONS!
Besides, it creeps me out. Normal bugs are bad enough - I don't need cybernetically altered / enhanced / mutated bugs flying around.
It's morally wrong, scientifically questionable, and, well... just plain ICKY!