So I take it that shipments of novelty electric flyswatters to the middle east will be going up, then?
Does anyone know if Zap-O Novelties is listed on a stock exchange somewhere?
The US Air Force is engaged in wacky research on fruit flies manoeuvring within a heavily instrumented "simulation tunnel" in order to develop tiny, potentially murderous insect-sized flying robots. According to a statement issued yesterday by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), research underway at in …
"Amazing what they can do nowadays"
No, you are completely wrong, it is scary what they can do these days and what we allow them to get away with. We are all wooed by these kind of gee wizz articles but just think what uses our benevolent leaders will put these device to. Of course they will say its for our benefit and to track down and monitor terrorists, but ultimately they will be able to keep a close eye on any of us.
Time to stock up with a fly swatter.
So does that mean one will find future government spying robo-flies bouncing repeatedly against a window behind the shades? If they have metal components the "tink" sound metal makes against glass will be a dead giveaway its a not a real fly, even if they were able to make it look/sound nearly so.
Very soon we will have the development of countermeasures: sophisticated sensor technology and precision MASER diodes. Might be the Chinese military pushing it...might be commercial interests worried about industrial espionage. I think this is the first step towards a point-defence energy weapon.
We start by tracking and frying robot bugs. We move on up to jets, planes and helicopters. Remember kids, you don’t have to vaporise them, merely fry their electronics…
..the Russians have this already. It's called "insects infected with bioagent". Delivery by any sort of covert means like Spetsnats teams in a civil truck full of the bugs.
Or a low-flying helo coming in under the Radar. Or a a Cessna taking off in St Petersburg, painted with D-EBOLA and releasing the insects over any large town in 2000 kms range. Simply land the aircraft on any suitable piece of grass and come back by train.
During the cold war there was more than one successful "training run" with helos, Cessnas and even F-4 (Luftwaffe stupidos) very deep into enemy airspace. From both sides.
..don't take this too serious. This is probably all part of a "science-based information operation", i.e. Good Ol' Propaganda. I have seem more of this here.
You could see it as something offensive, or it's just one of these funny ideas like SDI, which never work in as advertised in the glossy papers.
American Scientists are normally on the ethical level of an American Used Car Salesman. For example Mr Marvin Minsky (prominent MIT prof) was claiming he could build a "machine more intelligent than humans" by 2001.
My assessment is that the MIT can build a Funding Whore by 1994.
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