Thursday, May 16, 2013

Controllable Robotic Insects

If the world fully implements controllable or artificially intelligent RoboBees, there will be three major concerns:

1. The loss of all natural bees.

People generally hate or fear real bees anyway, so why not kill them all off (directly and indirectly) and replace them with these mechanical ones which we may control? North America's bee population is presently not doing so great, and it doesn't seem like governments, major business players, and the majority of society is willing to do anything about it.

2. Weaponized RobboBees.

Like one of the article's comments bring to light: RoboBees and its potential to become a tool for chemical warfare. Personally, I can imagine tiny blades on these things, making them similar to the killer alien insects from "The Day the Earth Stood Still," except they would cause a more painful and slow death. That or these bees may inject fatal poison of some sort. Seriously. Who is to say that no military super power or terrorist wouldn't want this technology? (Who is to say they don't already have this technology?)

3. Espionage.

If you were ever disturbed by one of those love songs about someone wanting to be a "fly on the wall" to watch you all day long, well, I don't blame you. I am sure no one wants to be monitored via a fly on the wall, but sadly, many people and entities WANT to monitor others. Well, there's one potential point to add to the list of "why I am glad I am not a celebrity." I get the feeling celebrities will be swatting flies often if these bees ever become a common technology, which if they do, you may have to forever lay low, be paranoid, and hope that things will turn out okay.

This post responds to this article: Flight of the RoboBee: Harvard scientists develop tiniest flying robots from The Globe and Mail.

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