Cyborg Insects

It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there.– Bob Dylan

Take a moth during its pupal stage. Insert electrodes and a control chip into it. Wait a few days. The result? An unmanned aerial vehicle, of course!

Turning moths (or pigeons, rats, beetles, bees, and sharks, for that matter) into remote controlled cyborg critters has long been a goal of mad scientists and DARPA program managers.
–IEEE Spectrum






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insect fear

Insect Fear No. 2, 1970 (S. Clay Wilson cover)



The Fly

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2 Responses to Cyborg Insects

  1. Paul Rumsey says:

    Something sizzled to the right of him. A commercial, made by Theodorus Nitz, the worst house of all, had attached itself to his car.
    “Get off,” he warned it. But the commercial, well-adhered, began to crawl, buffeted by the wind, toward the door and the entrance crack. It would soon have squeezed in and would be haranguing him in the cranky, garbagey fashion of the Nitz advertisements.
    He could, as it came through the crack, kill it. It was alive, terribly mortal: the ad agencies, like nature, squandered hordes of them.
    The commercial, flysized, began to buzz out its message as soon as it managed to force entry. “Say! Haven’t you sometimes said to yourself, I’ll bet other people in restaurants can see me! And you’re puzzled as to what to do about this serious, baffling problem of being conspicuous, especially-”
    Chic crushed it with his foot.

    From The Simulacra, Philip K Dick.
    ….. the quote is in the front of my copy of the book, and with it I have stuck a newspaper clipping which reads…

    “The ability to write designs, logos and messages on the wings of butterflies could emerge from research to create the first GM butterfly a scientist said yesterday….. the GM method could allow companies to put markings on butterflies….”


  2. trueoutsider says:

    So, Paul, we have reached the PKD connection!

    What about this from the last page of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968):

    Next to her the electric toad flopped and rustled in its box; she wondered what it “ate,” and what repairs on it would run. Artificial flies, she decided.
    Opening the phone book she looked in the yellow pages under animal accessories, electric; she dialed and when the saleswoman answered, said, “I’d like to order one pound of artificial flies that really fly around and buzz, please.”
    “Is it for an electric turtle, ma’am?”
    “A toad,” she said.
    “Then I suggest our mixed assortment of artifical crawling and flyig bugs of all types including–.”

    The thing I’m interested in is how PKD came to name one of the characters Al Jarry.

    “We located, by means of thousands upon thousands of photographs, a very old man now, named Al Jarry, who played a number of hit parts in pre-war films. From our lab we sent a team to Jarry’s home in East Harmony, Indiana. I’ll let one of the members of that team describe what we found.” Silence, then a new voice, equally pedestrian. “The house on Lark Avenue in East Harmony is tottering and shabby and at the edge of town, where no one, except Al Jarry, still lives. Invited amiably in, and seated in the stale-smelling, moldering, kipple-filled living room, I scanned by telepathic means the blurred, debris-cluttered, and hazy mind of Al Jarry seated across from me.”

    Did Jean Baudrillard, whose thinking is based in Al Jarry’s Pataphysics, read PKD’s The Simulacra? I haven’t tried to tackle the Exegesis. Perhaps the answers lie there!

    Alfred Jarry (1873-1907)

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