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Brainboxes in New York say they have made progress on one of the knottiest conundrums facing the technology of humankind today: that of constructing mechanical ornithopters able to fly – and specifically to hover – as well as insects can. This wouldn't be of use at the scale of today's manned aircraft: nobody's that interested …

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Black Helicopters

Deadly swarm bots...

approved for mass production.

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Dont give DARPA any ideas. Their Mad Scientists would foam at the mouth for a chance to develop deadly swarm bots.

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WTF?

C'mon scientists, get your priorities sorted

Medical nanobots = good.

Space Stations and moon bases = good.

Cure for cancer = ++good.

Water Powered Car = good.

Jetpacks = good.

Deadly robo-wasp swarm = No. Sort your priorities!

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Yes and no

While I agree that death bringing is hardly a noble application of technology, don't forget that lots of today's bread and butter technologies came from military research. These tiny flying kill-bots might well become valuable tools for the police, or for searching collapsed buildings in rescue operations.

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"or for searching collapsed buildings in rescue operations." Collapsed buildings? This is an oprnithoptoer not a mini mole crafted of unobtanium and with tiny teeny little laser on the front, get your meme's right!.

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Boffin

Military Tech

Give the civilian research community the same budget as the military research community - access to the same resources - and the freedom to research what they like. Then compare the results.

Which do you think will produce the most interesting base technology, and value for money?

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@Ben 50

I agree with you there. Still, that doesn't mean that this isn't an interesting technology with a wide array of non-lethal applications.

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civilian tech vs military tech...

The civilian research community ARE given the same budget. Government provides a brief to a group of civilian companies that specialize in a particular field of technology. Government pays for the R&D, then awards the contract to the company that comes up with the best solution.

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Terminator

"valuable tools for the police, or for searching collapsed buildings in rescue operations."

Seems like the mantra of a developing Skynet. Don't worry meatbags, these new additions to the hive are only being created for your benefit.

Given how many earthquakes there are, and then how many buildings collapse in those earthquakes, and how many of those buildings have people in them, and how many of those people become trapped, and then how many of those trapped people could possibly be saved, you could count the lives saved annually by these new tiny flying kill-bots in the handfuls, maybe. Meanwhile on the battlefield...

Also reminds me of the old copyright saw: just because there are possible non infringing legitimate uses for your technology, that doesn't mean that it is good / allowed to exist.

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I for one

welcome our robo-swarm flapcopter overlords.

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Anonymous Coward

0/2 Flying

Regardless of the century, plane, or species, developing artificers never fail to invent the ornithopter.

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I loved that little bastard

Great first line defense for slow decks, I always thought.

Fortunately, I got a life later on.

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Ahem

"... nobody's that interested in building mighty 'thopter-craft to replace choppers or jets."

Muad'Dib would like a word with you.

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Pirate

Me too

I would like a mighty 'thoptercraft!

How else can I get down from the most powerful weapon in the universe?

Yrs,

Stanley H Tweedle

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Facepalm

I can't wait

If this gets working I should have my flying car before i'm 90...ish.

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Coat

And the Jetpack?

Well what about your Jetpack, Earl? I still dont see one out there worth the name.

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Patent Pending ... ?

I don't think so!

there is prior art/tech as demonstrated by our intergalatic visitors who have been flying over scotland and wales/south west during the 70's-80's in giant pyramid shaped craft that quietly HUMMED!!!

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Happy

poo!

Flying middens!

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Thinking out of balance

Shifting center of gravity upward decreases response time to corrective measure.

Who would of thought.

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