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#1 Old 11-13-2013, 12:01 AM
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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/roboroach-app-encourages-children-to-turn-cockroaches-into-smartphonecontrolled-toys-8930682.html

 

The developers of a new electronic device that fits onto cockroaches, allowing their movements to be controlled by a mobile phone app, have been criticised for animal cruelty.

Critics said that it could encourage people to think of animals as “mere machines or tools” but Michigan-based Backyard Brains have defended RoboRoach.

The company says that its $99 (£62) device was designed to encourage children to take an interest in neuroscience.

Launched on Saturday, after raising $12,339 (£7,700) on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, RoboRoach electrifies the nerves in a cockroach’s antennae, making the insect think it has met an obstacle, a sensation that can be “manipulated to steer it”, says Backyard Brains.

 

 

 

Awful- who comes up with this stuff?    :(

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Just pitiful.


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I can't believe where things are going... How we treat animals just reflects how we are going to treat ourselves. Maybe mind control will become a common thing in the future, starting with the animals who can't defend themselves. :(

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That's so disturbing... undecided.gif

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Ugh, turning sentient beings into living robots is just horrific, like something out of a twisted sci-fi movie. What's even worse is that most people won't care about this because they're "just icky cockroaches" that are having this done to them, and not cute and fluffy kittens.


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WTF? This is just so creepy. Real robots are a lot more fun than devices used to control living beings.
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Ugh, turning sentient beings into living robots is just horrific, like something out of a twisted sci-fi movie. What's even worse is that most people won't care about this because they're "just icky cockroaches" that are having this done to them, and not cute and fluffy kittens.


Agreed... :(

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