Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Pet Cyborgs Created in DIY Neuroscience Project

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Nicholas West
Activist Post

One would not ordinarily think that cockroach abuse would be at the top of the list of ethics concerns, but a new project called RoboRoach is making waves in the neuroscience community.

Insects and mice have long been tested upon in the areas of direct mind control. Cyborg insects in particular have also been tested for their surveillance potential. It's a strange new world where even remote controlled humans via the Internet is now possible. This obsession with brain research seems to be spreading from the scientific community and typical mad scientist DARPA experimentation right into the open source realm.

The open source nature of science and technology is actually one of the most exciting and empowering aspects of the high-tech world in which we live. However, when it comes to experimentation on living beings, the following story should give us pause and consider how we balance ethics with technological advancement.