Video: Scientists Turn Cockroaches into Remote-Controlled Cyborgs

| by Michael Allen

Scientists at the University of North Carolina have discovered how to control cockroaches with a tiny microchip, which is wired to the bug’s sensory organs (video below).

The researchers are able to control the movement of the bug with a joystick, reports Reuters.

Alper Bozkurt, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, said in a statement: “Our aim was to determine whether we could create a wireless biological interface with cockroaches, which are robust and able to infiltrate small spaces."

“Ultimately, we think this will allow us to create a mobile web of smart sensors that uses cockroaches to collect and transmit information, such as finding survivors in a building that’s been destroyed by an earthquake.”