Friday, December 9, 2016

Cyborg Beetles

Cyborg Beetles (link)
Advanced developments have been made to stimulate the beetle bodies with technology in order to control them like a robots. The goal is to use these beetles for tracking/locating warm bodies (people) as an act to "save the world peacefully." It's interesting to hear these engineers wanting to use this hybrid technology for the greater good, but really how ethical is this when this greater good using the beetles solely for the human benefit? Would this not be considered a parasitic relationship between insect and human? Since the beetles are being used as tool does this mean their lives are of lesser value? It's hard to advocate for the beetles when watching this video of men flying their little bodies into the wall like toy helicopters.

(post by Katia Perez for fall 2016)

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