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2005-12-25 11:04:10 PM
Oh yeah, I saw this one. It had Bruce Willis and Ian Holm...
 
2005-12-26 01:25:46 AM
...we asked the roach to turn right, it responded by asking for our email addresses and offered to send us viagra in return.

roachsecks?
 
2005-12-26 03:26:06 AM
Dammit, kyle90. I figured, it's 3:30 in the morning, there's only two comments, surely I'm gonna be the first to bring that up...

*shakes head*
 
2005-12-26 03:28:27 AM
Multipass!
//yeah, I'm a nerd too
 
2005-12-26 03:28:50 AM
From the article:

From that supply, they select roaches to equip with high-tech "backpacks" - tiny microprocessor and electrode sets. Before surgery, researchers gas the roach with carbon dioxide. Wings and antennae are removed. Where the antennae used to be researchers fit pulse-emitting electrodes. With a remote, researchers send signals to the backpacks, which stimulate the electrodes. The pulsing electrodes make the roach turn left, turn right, scamper forward or spring backward.


DOES ANYONE ELSE FIND THIS DISTURBINGLY HILARIOUS?
 
2005-12-26 03:29:00 AM
In this month's New England Journal of Evil...
 
2005-12-26 03:29:33 AM
I, for one, salute our new remote-controlled invertebrate spammer overlords!
 
2005-12-26 03:30:12 AM
and why would anybody be reading a corrosion knowledgeBase at 3 in the morning anyway!
 
2005-12-26 03:30:23 AM
Japan's first step in undermining our efforts to find the fifth element and defeat evil!
 
2005-12-26 03:31:14 AM
They only use 100% american cockroches. They're bigger, sturdier, and they've got a great union.
 
2005-12-26 03:31:49 AM
Sure, they start by assimilating bugs....
 
2005-12-26 03:33:55 AM
'Just think of the possibilities of these little corrosion inspectors! But how do they get NACE certified??????'
unionized cockroaches ... whadda they thinka next .
 
2005-12-26 03:34:31 AM
So, they're just taking the technology we use to run our president and applying it to cockroaches.

/Oh Peter, I just love it when you use topical humor. It's just like Murphy Brown.
/blah blah blah blah blah John Sonunu
 
2005-12-26 03:35:20 AM
wtf
 
2005-12-26 03:42:16 AM
build a better mouse trap hmmmm....
All you farkers need to stop fapping, I need kittens, lots of kittens.
 
2005-12-26 03:46:36 AM
we asked the roach to turn right, it responded by asking for our email addresses and offered to send us viagra

24k Gold.
 
2005-12-26 03:46:54 AM
when are satire articles going to be labeled as such?

guess that takes half the fun out of it.
 
2005-12-26 03:50:03 AM
So they are going to find earthquake victims yea?

"phew that was close...now to wait...OMG IS THAT A ROACH OMG OMG *dies from lack of oxygen*"
 
2005-12-26 04:02:45 AM
At least it was better than that pseudo-Onion story a couple days ago about the huge icicle hanging off a house.
 
2005-12-26 04:09:18 AM
It's like this article really wanted to be satire, but gave up after the bit about the spam.

Seriously, did they just doctor up a real article? I Googled a few of the names in the article, and they seem legit. That Prof. Isao Shimoyama guy is actually a Prof. at the university they claimed he was.
 
2005-12-26 04:12:14 AM
That is exactly what was bothing me, Tux. It made me wonder if the story was acurate, and Prof. Isao Shimoyama was just making a joke. Remote controlled roaches doesn't really seem that far fetched.
 
2005-12-26 04:14:18 AM
Imagine what Tim Burton could do with the concept "remote controlled cockroaches."
 
2005-12-26 04:14:32 AM
They're not being used by spammers... they are the spammers! This explains so much!
 
2005-12-26 04:14:36 AM
doglover: They only use 100% american cockroches. They're bigger, sturdier, and they've got a great union large penis.
 
2005-12-26 04:17:47 AM
Real article. I remember reading about it in New Scientist, a magazine notably lacking in a sense of humour, except in the dry British way.
 
2005-12-26 04:18:40 AM
Am I the only one having Ghost in the Shell flashbacks floating across my mind after reading this article?

Of course, who would want to ghost hack a roach? O.o
 
2005-12-26 04:26:56 AM


GIS for this is entertaining.
 
2005-12-26 04:27:57 AM
But no Bruce Willis.
 
2005-12-26 04:28:34 AM
Agh. Unfunny "satire". Please stop with these.
 
2005-12-26 04:32:51 AM
Googled it -- it appears to be a real article, except for the paragraph about spammers.

Check http://www.wireheading.com/roboroach/ for the real, unaltered article. Or at least, the more likely version of the article.
 
2005-12-26 04:35:41 AM
Tachikoma

What really gets me is how useless the large spider tanks are. The little ones that Section 9 uses would be usefull. But the big ones that where in that one episode would be sitting ducks. They are tall and it would be impossible to armor it enough to survive a blow from an M1AI.(Considering how well it manuvered and could jump, it could not be THAT heavy.) Plus that short gun barrel is a poor choice for AP shells. Why didn't they just have a guy in autistic mode launch a TOW at the dammed thing. If that failed, get a frigin RPG and sit on top of the Tachikoma. I actualy laughed at the "glue weapon" that they used at the end.
 
2005-12-26 04:38:35 AM
"They are not very nice insects," Holzer confesses. "They are a little bit smelly, and there's something about the way they move their antennae. But they look nicer when you put a little circuit on their backs and remove their wings."

well that's about as creepy as playing barbie dress-up with dead baby monkeys with lipstick.
 
2005-12-26 04:45:47 AM
It's only a matter of time until there is an IRC channel devoted to exchanging cracked cockroach access codes.
 
2005-12-26 04:50:01 AM
mmm.... a dead baby monkey with lipstick... I should have got that for my niece for christmas instead of that dammed barbi

99 dead baboons

good song....
 
2005-12-26 05:08:55 AM
Probably the guy was making a joke. Scientists often think they are funny, without any peer-reviewed evidence to back them up.
 
2005-12-26 05:10:29 AM
TFA said:
we asked the roach to turn right, it responded by asking for our email addresses and offered to send us viagra

That's why they call 'em cockroaches.

 
2005-12-26 05:30:17 AM
Crosshair: I actualy laughed at the "glue weapon" that they used at the end.


It made me think of the "loogie guns" from Snow Crash.
 
2005-12-26 05:32:05 AM
Ah, Snow Crash and GITH- two of my favorite things. Life is good.
 
2005-12-26 06:23:03 AM
levski1912,

I'll second that, Stephenson rocks. The Baroqe Cycle is my alltime favorite trilogy.
 
2005-12-26 06:53:54 AM
Can it make me breakfast?
 
2005-12-26 07:12:20 AM
Sorry, but I do believe also that the article is legit though there may have been some artistic liberties taken in writing it. This sort of microcircuitry isn't new, they're aready using it in the field of medicine to control artifical limbs with human subjects.

/I hate cockroaches
//they are soooo disgusting
///right along with mouxe poop and several other naturally occurring things
////slashies rule
 
2005-12-26 08:16:52 AM
I'm pretty sure that this is how the Borg got started.
 
2005-12-26 08:21:43 AM
Basically what they're doing is turning the roaches into little insectoid Borg Drones. This disturbs the HELL out of me.

"We are The Borg. You will be assimilated. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service ours. Resistance is futile."

/Your resistance is hopeless...Number One.
 
2005-12-26 08:28:29 AM
Not just any roach will do. Researchers use only the american cockroach (Perplaneta americana) because it is bigger and hardier than most other species."

At we're still good for something.
 
2005-12-26 09:03:18 AM
Not just any roach will do. Researchers use only the american cockroach (Perplaneta americana) because it is bigger and hardier than most other species."

America! FARK YEAH!

Have we determined if this article is real? Cause it's a little creepy and at the risk of sounding like a PETA pussy, ripping the wings off roaches is a bit deranged.
 
2005-12-26 09:23:57 AM
Unfortunately spammers are emailing the roaches when they broadcast to cell phones. "We had an incident last week where we sent a roach into an duct to test for an air leak, when we asked the roach to turn right, it responded by asking for our email addresses and offered to send us viagra in return." said Assistant Professor Isao Shimoyama, head of the bio-robot research team at Tokyo University.

I am skeptical of this.... this doesn't sound like hacking more like they used a cell phone frequency for transmiting their commands, which would either be very very sloppy or dumb of these professors.

Here is the Shimoyama lab page...
http://www.leopard.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/research.html
 
2005-12-26 09:31:22 AM
Insects do not fall under the PETA umbrella of protection/protest. Nor are there any laws regulating the usage of insects for research (other than quarantine laws).


This leads to an interesting debate of is it "ethical" to actively seek to destroy species that are harmful/annoying to humans?
 
2005-12-26 09:33:09 AM
This article was from 2001 from the AP. There probably isn't more news on it because some government probably decided to make it a top secret project.

http://www.wireheading.com/roboroach/
 
2005-12-26 09:37:32 AM
Here is an article on remote controlled rats.
 
2005-12-26 09:45:00 AM
ozziegt: This article was from 2001 from the AP. There probably isn't more news on it because some government probably decided to make it a top secret project.


More likely the article was "sexed up" by the reporter....
 
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