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Cyborg Zombie Cockroaches

September 11, 2012

North Carolina State “Researchers Develop Technique to Remotely Control Cockroaches”:

cyborg zombie cockroach

“Our aim was to determine whether we could create a wireless biological interface with cockroaches, which are robust and able to infiltrate small spaces,” says Alper Bozkurt, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at NC State and co-author of a paper on the work. “Ultimately, we think this will allow us to create a mobile web of smart sensors that uses cockroaches to collect and transmit information…

Connor Flynn at Technabob.com calls them “Remote-Controlled Zombie Cockroaches”

zombie conner flynn

Some comments on the NCSU page are eager to see new cockroach applications (“Ron Silverstein” wants mounted camera) but I am drawn to the post of “Ingvar Bogdahn” a “graduate biologist”:

I strongly disapprove with this kind of research and I ask you to reconsider the ethical meaning of what you are doing here. In my opinion, it is a manifestation of the human disrespectfulness, which is very harmful to this planet. You might say, well this is “only” a cockroach? It doesn’t matter. You are crossing a line, you are disrespectful towards Creation, to borrow a religous term here. Just because humans are superior in many qualities, doesn’t make humans superior. This is the very same kind of thinking that leads to facism. There are truly enough fascinating things to do research. We are all cockroaches. Stop treating animals like things.

The comment concludes with the François Rabelais quote: “la science sans conscience n’est que ruine de l’âme” — “Science without conscience is but the ruin of the soul”.

Incidentally, Esther Inglis-Arkell wrote a recent piece in io9, “Why is a cockroach harder to kill than a zombie?”

zombie esther inglis-arkell explaining that you can decapitate a cockroach and it will still live until it starves because of a decentralized nervous system of many ganglia node-brains throughout the body. To this article commenter Bluity writes:

It takes a very special mind to look at a cockroach and think “You know what? Let’s cut off it’s head and stick it in the fridge.”

But Frank N Stein comments with link to Nature article from 2007 “How to make a zombie cockroach: Researchers discover how wasps’ venom makes roaches their slaves.” Reminding that humans are not the only creatures interested in fascist mind control.

Recall also, old ZombieLaw post about Cybernetic Zombies in Cyberspace

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