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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Remote Controlled Pigeons

In my random internet roaming I came across this article announcing that chief scientist Su Xuecheng of China was able to successfully control a pigeon in flight with a computer. Here's a quote from the article:

"Scientists from the Robot Engineering Technology Research Center at Shandong University of Science and Technology successfully used micro electrodes implanted in a pigeon's brain to make it fly left, right, up or down. The scientists used implants to stimulate different sections of the pigeon brain according to signals that scientists sent via a computer, which forced the pigeon to comply with the operator’s instructions."
So if you see a pigeon flying through the air normally and then suddenly jerks to the left, know that it might be a remote controlled pigeon. The article also talks about in the U.S., DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) trying to develop this kind of technology but they are trying to remotely control shark so they can use them to patrol the open ocean.
After I read this article I thought about all the Christmas' and Birthday's when I got a remote control car and I was so excited to take it outside and try it out. But now I can imagine the day when kids run down stairs Christmas morning to find their new remote controlled animal under the tree and then tormenting your little sister would enter a whole new dimension.

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