Saturday, April 08, 2006

This week's column:
All we need is bugs

As my regular readers may recall, I’m fairly convinced that the end result of all scientific experimentation will be the development of an unstoppable robot army that will eventually enslave us to do its bidding. I figure our only hope is to unintentionally wipe ourselves out with a genetically engineered super-virus before that happens, leaving the robots to spend their days playing chess and vacuuming.

But since the technology for that is apparently not quite ready, the BBC is now reporting that Pentagon scientists are instead developing an "army of cyber-insects." This is a spectacular idea; the only thing I can think of that would be better might be to mount little machine guns on their backs -- that way they could strafe us when we come after them with the Bug-B-Gone.

Apparently the cyber-bugs would be used to check out explosives and send transmissions, if scientists can get them to work; according to the BBC, a similar project with wasps failed "when they flew off to feed and mate." Interestingly, the same problem has also kept scientists from developing an effective college student.

For the rest of this week's AT LARGE by Peter Chianca, click here.

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