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kfield
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Cockroach army
kfield   6/29/2013 7:50:14 AM
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Based on personal experience dealing with cockroaches when I lived in a rental apartment in Dallas after college, I can't think of a better insect to send out in droves. I've read about similar work being done by researchers at Texas A&M, where they described the cost of the insects and the electronics as "minimal." with the actual mounting of the electronics being the most costly as it's done by hand. Would be interesting to see how that works!

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Lightweight robots, heavy cockroaches
patrick.mannion   6/29/2013 2:00:10 PM
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I heard the electronics for this puppy weigh 3g or so, or about half that of a large cockroach. I wonder if it slows them down - or do their muscles grow in proportion. I know my own muscles don't:(

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Re: Cockroach army
Max The Magnificent   6/29/2013 2:39:27 PM
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@kfield: ...the actual mounting of the electronics being the most costly as it's done by hand.

Not a job I'd like to do!

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Re: Lightweight robots, heavy cockroaches
Max The Magnificent   6/29/2013 2:41:46 PM
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@patrick: I wonder if it slows them down

As a student I used to live in a place that was infested with the little #$%^% ... nothing slows them down!!!

Max The Magnificent
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I'm sitting on the horns of...
Max The Magnificent   6/29/2013 2:53:27 PM
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I'm sitting on the horns of a dillemma (and it's not very comfortable, let me tell you).

On the one hand, cockroaches give me the heebie-jeebies

On the other hand, they are all part of life's rich tapestry

 

On the one hand, if I were burried in an earthquake I woudl like my fellow humans to use anything they can to locate me and dig me out.

On the other hand, I feel that there's something wrong about using another lifeform in this way (even if it is a cockroach)

 

 

 

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Re: I'm sitting on the horns of...
rich.pell   6/29/2013 3:36:37 PM
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I suspect it's only a matter of time before we create fully robotic versions of these creatures, eliminating the need to exploit their living counterparts.

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Biobots and drones
Susan Rambo   6/29/2013 3:55:17 PM
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From the ground and the air, pretty soon well be overrun flying and crawling cameras. Beyond the interesting technology, it's pretty fascinating what this will do to our society, not all of bad of course. Drones are being used for science and journalism, also to protect your po I read this short article in Scientific American (Dec. 2012) called "Drones at Home." Scientists tracking organutans in Sumatra created their own drone with open-source Arduino hardware for less than $2000--the drone flew a route and sent back detailed data. See the journalism story here:
Brace Yourselves, Drone Journalism Is Coming

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Max The Magnificent   6/29/2013 4:22:14 PM
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Hi Rich -- I tend to agree -- I think the future will be filled with robitic bumble bees and the like

 

I don't think the real problem is going to be big government spying on us -- I think it will be our "friends" and neighbors...

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Duane Benson   6/29/2013 8:10:34 PM
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Max - "Little Brother" I think you're right. Government tries to spy, but doesn't really have a great track record at a lot of things. Private Industry will be the really risk to to privacy and freedoms. There isn't always enough over site within the corporate world to prevent abuse of data.

The drone cockroaches is a pretty intriguing idea. I don't have a lot of experience with them so I don't really know if they give me the heebee jeebes, but it's a cool idea regardless.

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Re: Biobots and drones
Duane Benson   6/29/2013 8:12:43 PM
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Drones for journalism are pretty much already here. With a pretty decent quality camera equipped quad copter purchasable for a little over a thousand dollars, most news organizations can find room in the budget.

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