Remote Control Cyborg Rats

Posted 2 May 2002 at 12:41 UTC by steve Share This

We've reported a lot of advances in direct brain communication this year including a monkey with a brain implant that allows it to control a computer. The latest development comes from John Chapin's Lab at the SUNY Health Science Center, where "Ratbots", lab rats with brain implants, are being remoted controlled by scientists. A Nature article describes the research and has photos of the ratbots. The original press release is also available. The purpose of the research is to create search-and-rescue rats that can find disaster victims or do other types of reconnaissance. While robots are easier to make, 200 million years of evolution has given rats a huge advantage in navigating over obstacles that even the most advanced robots can't handle.

hmm..., posted 3 May 2002 at 12:23 UTC by simonthehappy » (Journeyer)

Thats so cool!!! gotta do that to my brother =)

Two more articles on the rats, posted 3 May 2002 at 12:51 UTC by steve » (Master)

I ran across two more articles on the rats. There's an article in the Economist that is along the lines of the press release and doesn't add much that's new. However, an article in the Guardian has a very different take on the whole thing, addressing the possible ethical issues.

Remote cockroaches, posted 3 May 2002 at 13:29 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

This story reminds me of a remote control cockroach a few years back. Little electrodes would shock a cockroach to turning left or right. They strapped a camera backpack on the thing and viola an instant spy device "bug".

I did a search on "robot cockroach backpack" and found a few old articles with some pics...

See... Roboroach, also see... Roboroach

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