Pentagon's Battle Bugs

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  1. kmguru Staff Member

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    There is an email going around with this link. Read and comment.

    Pentagon's Battle Bugs

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    Biological weapons delivered by cyborg insects. It sounds like a nightmare scenario straight out of the wilder realms of science fiction, but it could be a reality, if a current Pentagon project comes to fruition.

    Right now, researchers are already growing insects with electronics inside them. They're creating cyborg moths and flying beetles that can be remotely controlled. One day, the U.S. military may field squadrons of winged insect/machine hybrids with on-board audio, video or chemical sensors. These cyborg insects could conduct surveillance and reconnaissance missions on distant battlefields, in far-off caves, or maybe even in cities closer to home, and transmit detailed data back to their handlers at U.S. military bases.

    Today, many people fear U.S. government surveillance of email and cell phone communications. With this program, the Pentagon aims to exponentially increase the paranoia. Imagine a world in which any insect fluttering past your window may be a remote-controlled spy, packed with surveillance equipment. Even more frightening is the prospect that such creatures could be weaponized, and the possibility, according to one scientist intimately familiar with the project, that these cyborg insects might be armed with "bio weapons."
     
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  3. Neildo Gone Registered Senior Member

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    Psssh, just setup a RAID safety perimeter. Add in one of those low-frequency mosquito sound emitters to screw with the spook with the headphones on.

    My bio weapons pwn their bio weapons.

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  7. Neildo Gone Registered Senior Member

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    Wow. I can't help but laugh at it when it's walking but also creeped out at those life-like legs, especially since we were talking about cyborg insects, and with the name Dog, at first I thought it had real dog legs but a cyborg body, lol.

    Eh, this outta cheer ya up a bit:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTlV0Y5yAww

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  8. clusteringflux Version 1. OH! Valued Senior Member

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    Funny.

    They dog looks like a better design. The guy couldn't kick it over on ice,even. (well, it looked like ice to me)
     
  9. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    Count me in that group. I'm disgusted with the fact that when I'm in a city I'm probably never out of sight of at least one surveillance camera. In the U.K. it's more like ten. They counted something like twenty that completely cover the house in which George Orwell wrote 1984.

    But this is a technology that was inevitable, there's probably no way to forestall it. Humanity will just have to get used to it.
     
  10. kmguru Staff Member

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    We are truly heading towards "Minority Report" in 30 years. Then how the society will function will be interesting....
     
  11. Challenger78 Valued Senior Member

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    I want my portable EMP turret now.
    It's simple. To evade high tech go low tech, lets go back to code riddles like the middle ages.
     
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  13. redarmy11 Registered Senior Member

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    Weird. It's been calculated that we Brits each appear on CCTV around 300 times a day, as we go about our daily business. There are 17 at my workplace alone. But, like most British people, I don't see this as an intrusion. I find it comforting to know that if I'm attacked, or if I fall down a manhole, someone somewhere will probably have captured the evidence. We seem to have a completely different attitude to them than Americans do (you're not the first one I've heard to express discomfort).
     
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  14. draqon Banned Banned

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    there is this device I saw once of...that supposevly emits a pulse of some EM waves that disrupt any electronic gadgets anywhere in radius of 200 meters. Just think of having something like that to clear the area of the DARPA's kits.
     
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    thats why this happened actually

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  16. Fabio4all Registered Member

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    The government is only saying that as to spread fear and paranoia that the government is powerful enough to do such a thing. They won't actually just spread bugs around to spy on people. The best they could hope for by sending in a 'spy fly' is to catch a man cheating at solitare. They'd only use that kind of technology for things like catching terrorists. I bet Saddam is swatting every fly he sees now, though.
     
  17. Stryder Keeper of "good" ideas. Valued Senior Member

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    I've actually seen a completely android (completely artificial) spider, the only way you could tell it wasn't a real spider was it didn't have hairs on it's legs for "feeling" web movements and it had no Mandibles or Eyes. What also identified it as being artificial was the two "probes" that jutted out from it's rather rounded head looked very much like the silicon coating of diodes (A plush red colour) and that it's overall make up was similar to an ant by having three segments (a head, small chest section and then large body section).

    Whats interesting for the Android type of spider however is the mechanics behind making it functional, however I can't go into detail as to how it moves or what it was built to do.
     
  18. Diode-Man Awesome User Title Registered Senior Member

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    Thats some pretty crazed out technology. Our next step would then be to grow some Camel Spiders with chips in them, wouldn't it then be possible to hunt down Osama? (facial recognition software, add deadly poison.... or something) But maybe that would be the expensive way around? HHHHMMMmmmm
     
  19. clusteringflux Version 1. OH! Valued Senior Member

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    Top secret shite,eh?
     
  20. Cazzo Registered Senior Member

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    I doubt the U.S. is the only country looking into this kind of technology.
     
  21. Letticia Registered Senior Member

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    Here is a description of two very different ways ubiquitous surveillance can turn out:

    http://www.davidbrin.com/tschp1.html

    Would you care to live in Brin's City Number Two? (I hardly need to ask if anyone wants to live in City Number One!) And if you do not care to, why not?
     
  22. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    umm can i just point out that there is one difference better minority report and constant servalance. Minority report relied on the fact that it was charging someone with something they MIGHT do where as video servelance just gets evidence of what they DO do.

    Of course thats by the by because i dont like the idea of some creep watching me have sex for instance or go to the toilet or scratch my ass or whatever but still its not exactly minority report by any strech
     
  23. scifitm Registered Member

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    I actually asked my USAF recruiter if he thought the military should have ultimate control over something like that, he said no. Personally I could care less, who the hecks gonna watch all the bug cams? We aren't far enough along in tech for the bugs to figure out your doing something they don't like and flying back to their "nest" to report. Wired magazine did however mention that face recognition has allowed them to track suspects (which had to be marked as suspect) along different networked cameras. Alternativley you could just move out to the country - there's a lot more bugs but none with electronics inside.
     
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