Cyborg insect drones are the future of military operations and surveillance as tiny remote controlled vehicles based on insects are already likely being deployed.
Drones, known for their advance technologies and remote capabilities, have already been highly used by the US military. However, the entire future of military surveillance may lie in newly developed cyborg insect drones according to different news sources, like the Daily Mail.
This notion began over the recent years as a range of miniature drones, or micro air vehicles (MAVs), based on the same physics used by flying insects, have been presented to the public. The first sense of fear of these cyborg insect drones came about in 2007, where reports of bizarre flying objects hovering above anti-war protests sparked accusations that the US government was accused of secretly developing robotic insect spies. However, the US government fervently denied the allegation, stating that they were actually dragonflies.
Yet, in 2008, the US Air Force unveiled insect-sized spies as tiny as bumblebees’ that could not be detected and would be able to fly into buildings to ‘photograph, record, and even attack insurgents. The Air Force also unveiled what it called ‘lethal mini-drones’ based on Leonardo da Vinci’s blueprints for his Ornithopter flying machine.
Adding more fuel to the fearsome fire, just recently The University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab showed drones that swarm, in a network of 20 nano quadrotors, flying in synchronized formations.
As more technological advances develop and become smaller in size, researchers are looking into the mechanics of insects that can be reverse-engineered to design midget machines that have the ability scout battlefields and search for victims trapped in rubble without being detected.
Bringing us to today, where researchers have now invented a bio-inspired drone with bug eyes, bat ears, bird wings, and even honeybee-like hairs to sense biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.
The US is not the only country interested in bio-drone technology, as France has developed flapping wing bio-inspired microdrones.
As more technology develops and the more superior our military tools become, the question remains as to whether these advances mean big brother is watching your back, of if big brother is watching you?
Future of Military Surveillance Lies with Cyborg Insect Drones.