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Git Along Little (cyborg) Dogies!

Posted 12 Jun 2008 at 18:04 UTC by steve Share This

A US Department of Agriculture news story describes some unusual research being done by Dean M. Anderson of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service. Anderson is working with engineers at MIT to develop a "walkman-like headset" for cows. Once fitted with the new hardware, a cow would received commands controlling their movements. The headset would combine GPS data with remote commands sent from humans to guide the cows across the range and into the corral. The units would also be loaded with sensors such as accelerometers and magnetometers, returning data about each cow's body orientation and configuration. The actual navigational guidance would include both spatially positioned irritating sounds, which the cows try to move away from, and also "mild electrical stimulation" to prevent cows from crossing into forbidden zones.


Bringing the hamburgers right to your plate!, posted 13 Jun 2008 at 13:15 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

It just seems a little inhumane to have obedience collars or headsets on animals. Poor cows. Hey, what's for dinner? I'm not peta but it seems those folks would not be happy about this.

I'm thinking that there will be a major uprising cow rebellion! There will be so much methane that we'll become a gas planet!

How would you like me cooked? (douglas adams) Why can't they just make cows that cook themselves?

Maybe someday, scientists will create cloned meat attached to a metal skeleton than can roan around, incubate steaks and then when it's ready, will direct itself to the food processing plant, unrobe and start over.

Now imagine red eyed Terminator cows. MOOOO!

T1000 Cow :), posted 13 Jun 2008 at 14:54 UTC by steve » (Master)

I got an email from Chris Jang with a link to what your terminator cow will look like. It's a genetically engineered muscle-cow. To quote Chris... "A cow terminator like this will be sent back through time to find Sarah Connor who is living a quiet life on an apple farm in Washington state."

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