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Tanypteryx
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Message 1 of 11 (814579)
07-10-2017 4:29 PM


See links below

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A genetically modified cyborg dragonfly that can spy on anyone has successfully completed it first test flight.
Dubbed the DragonflEye, the half-insect, half-machine is fitted with a fingernail-sized backpack, powered by a solar panel and remotely controlled by an operator.
The dragonfly can be used for 'guided pollination' as well as surveillance missions that will see the tiny insects reach areas that other drones can't, according to researchers.

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Mr Wheeler said: 'In order to begin guidance of dragonflies, several key technologies needed to be developed.
'Howard Hughes Medical Institute focused on developing gene delivery methods specific to the dragonfly to make special 'steering' neurons sensitive to light.
'Draper developed a miniaturized backpack for autonomous navigation and a flexible optrode to control the modified neurons by guiding light around the dragonfly's tiny nerve cord.

Other links to the story:

DragonflyI Spy With My DragonflEye: Scientists 'Hack' Insect to Create Cyborg Drone

This Genetically-Modified Cyborg Dragonfly Is the Tiniest Drone

Genetically modified Cyborg Dragonfly Drone - Utube Video.

Links and Information Forum, please.

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07-10-2017 10:38 PM


Thread Copied from Proposed New Topics Forum
Thread copied here from the CYBORG dragonflies complete flight tests thread in the Proposed New Topics forum.
    
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07-11-2017 4:24 PM
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07-10-2017 4:29 PM


Fascinating, awe-inspiring, and terrifying, in equal measure.

Is there any chance you could change the link in the OP though? (possilbe alternative source) You just made me click on a Daily Mail article, which upsets me deeply and brings us nearer the End of Days.

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Tanypteryx
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07-11-2017 4:51 PM
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Is there any chance you could change the link in the OP though? (possilbe alternative source) You just made me click on a Daily Mail article, which upsets me deeply and brings us nearer the End of Days.

Added new links. End of days may be averted by Dragonfly Alien Saviors, so no worries!


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07-11-2017 8:24 PM
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07-10-2017 4:29 PM


The phrase I would like to be a fly on the wall during that conversation, just got real!

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07-11-2017 9:01 PM
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The phrase I would like to be a fly on wall during that conversation, just got real.

Yep!

This also puts us at the point where the technology has progressed far enough to finally try an experiment that I have been talking about for years.

Mounting a miniature, high-resolution, high-speed video camera on a dragonfly's frons (nose). Having the capability to visually experience dragonfly flight during complex maneuvers would make for some incredible VR. High G turns, fights, chases, mating, mate guarding, territory patrol, mate searching, hovering , and feeding all have different flight patterns.

Miniature cameras and circuitry are close to being available at reasonable prices. I can hardly wait.


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy

The reason that we have the scientific method is because common sense isn't reliable. -- Taq


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Message 7 of 11 (814697)
07-11-2017 9:32 PM
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07-11-2017 9:01 PM


This technology isn't going to be very secret. What's to stop someone from swatting the thing? Like with a hammer?

Or catching it in a net and drowning it?

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Message 8 of 11 (814699)
07-11-2017 9:58 PM
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07-11-2017 9:32 PM


This technology isn't going to be very secret.

If there is a secret research project involving similar technology then by definition we will not know.

What's to stop someone from swatting the thing? Like with a hammer?
Or catching it in a net and drowning it?

I guess there is nothing to stop that, other than a really pissed off entomologist.

Why would you want to do that to my cool dragonfly flight film experiment?


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy

The reason that we have the scientific method is because common sense isn't reliable. -- Taq


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Message 9 of 11 (814734)
07-12-2017 12:37 PM
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07-11-2017 9:58 PM


Oh I'm all for your experiment, I'm talking about people being spied on preferring not to be.
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Tanypteryx
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Message 10 of 11 (814744)
07-12-2017 1:18 PM
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07-12-2017 12:37 PM


Oh I'm all for your experiment, I'm talking about people being spied on preferring not to be.

Oh, ok.

I suspect that by the time they get the cyborg control/spy technology perfected you or I would have a difficult time identifying a spy dragonfly from a natural dragonfly.

I can tell you that swatting or netting dragonflies in the field is challenging even for experts. It is like trying to hit a tennis ball that can dodge and duck and fly out of range. Experts probably have batting averages <30%.

I assume that people who prefer not to be spied on would be more effective at protecting their privacy by avoiding the internet and cell phones and not calling attention to themselves.

Personally, I hope the Trump administration is paying close attention to what I have to say about them.


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy

The reason that we have the scientific method is because common sense isn't reliable. -- Taq


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Message 11 of 11 (814748)
07-12-2017 1:26 PM
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07-12-2017 1:18 PM


Personally, I hope the Trump administration is paying close attention to what I have to say about them.

Me too, for what I have to say about them.


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