Insect Cyborgs to Fly Surveillance and Reconnaissance
London, UK - 06 October 2007, 10:34 GMT
Dear ATCA Colleagues
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The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) -- the original
developer of the Internet in the 1960s -- has hatched plans for insect cyborgs
to fly reconnaissance missions.
Cyborg insects with embedded Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) will
run remotely controlled reconnaissance missions for the military, if its '"Hybrid
Insects-MEMS" program succeeds. The HI-MEMS program hatched earlier this
year at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to develop cyborg
bugs to patrol, gather intelligence, and carry out other significant surveillance
and reconnaissance missions.
We look forward to your further thoughts, observations and views. Thank
For and on behalf of DK Matai, Chairman, Asymmetric Threats Contingency
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