The Carbon Comrade
14th July 2004
BEIJING (Reuters) - Scientists in eastern China say they have succeeded in controlling the flight of pigeons with micro electrodes planted in their brains, state media reported on Tuesday.
Scientists at the Robot Engineering Technology Research Centre at Shandong University of Science and Technology said ther electrodes could command them to fly right or left or up or down, Xinhua news agency said.
"The implants stimulate different areas of the pigeon's brain according to signals sent by the scientists via computer, and force the bird to comply with their commands," Xinhua said.
"It's the first such successful experiment on a pigeon in the world," Xinhua quoted the centre's chief scientist, Su Xuecheng, as saying.
Su and his colleagues, who Xinhua said had had similar success with mice in 2005, were improving the devices used in the experiment and hoped that the technology could be put into practical use in future.
The report did not specify what practical uses the scientists saw for the remote-controlled pigeons.
Source: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/27022007/80-132/bird-brained-china-scientists-learn-fly-pigeons.html As strange as that may seem, its real. And also, whilst it is stated at the bottom that they didn't see any practical use for Remote-controlled Pigeons, it would seem obvious that they eventually intend to use this on people. So, I'm thinking give it 10 or 20 years, they're have people walking around, who wont have any control over their bodies. Cyborgs I guess, or close to them anyhow. Does anyone else think this is wrong?
Italicised no more
14th August 2004
I can think of a lot of uses, but they are mostly military. Flying pigeon bombs into things, attatching small cameras to the birds... If they couldn't see any use for the experiment's results, they wouldn't have performed it in the first place.
I chose an eternity of this
6th January 2005
Although many breakthrough scientific discoveries are made by researching something that seems to have no practical applications, i can't see how that would work in this case. But undoubtedly some use for the technology will come up....for better or for worse.
7th December 2003
It's already possible to do the same thing with people to some degree, they were able to force them to go left or right even though they felt like going straight.