You can call it straight from a science fiction - a “cybug” that can access those areas where people can’t go, for example, in the aftermath of a quake.
Yes, scientists have developed the “cybug” - part beetle, part machine - which they claim is a key breakthrough that will help them direct the flight of beetles for the first time by remote control.
The cybug is the work of researchers at the University of California, funded by the Pentagon, who’ve inserted a radio receiver attached to wires into brains and muscles of large beetles, ‘The Independent’ reported.
And, according to them, the insects like these could be used to access areas where people can’t go.
Noel Sharkey, Professor of robotics and artificial intelligence at the University of Sheffield, said: “At the moment, the bugs wouldn’t be able to carry a payload such as a camera, or GPS (receiver) so we could track them.
“But this research makes me uncomfortable. You never know where we will be in 20 or 30 years.”