Scientists at the North Carolina State University has successfully discovered a way to control cockroaches remotely.
lper Bozkurt, assistant professor of electrical engineering at NCS, said the benefits of using these cockroaches would be extraordinary. They could be used to rescue people.
Our aim was to determine whether we could create a wireless biological interface with cockroaches, which are robust and able to infiltrate small spaces. Ultimately, we think this will allow us to create a mobile web of smart sensors that uses cockroaches to collect and transmit information, such as finding survivors in a building that's been destroyed by an earthquake.
To make this work, Bozkurt and his team embedded a light-weight chip on the cockroaches back, which "contains a microcontroller that monitors the interface between the implanted electrodes and the tissue to avoid potential neural damage. The microcontroller is wired to the roach’s antennae and cerci."
The cerci is an organ cockroaches use detect movement in the air, usually for predators. Scientist manipulates this by activating an electrode which makes the "roach thinks something is sneaking up behind it and moves forward."
As amazing as this sounds, It won't be long until these cockroaches wise up, and start using us as guinea pigs, or food.