Weapons of Mass Distraction
|by Roberto Rivera|
Chinese scientists have succeeded in implanting electrodes in the brain of a pigeon to remotely control the bird's flight, state media said.
Xinhua News Agency said the scientists at the Robot Engineering Technology Research Center at Shandong University of Science and Technology in eastern China used the micro electrodes to command the bird to fly right or left, and up or down.
The implants stimulated different areas of the pigeon's brain according to electronic signals sent by the scientists via computer, mirroring natural signals generated by the brain, Xinhua quoted chief scientist Su Xuecheng as saying . . .
I don't want to be thought of as an alarmist, but am I the only person who sees the threat to our way of life here? Imagine: a crack squadron of attack pigeons trained to drop their, err, payload on our major financial centers. The potential for economic disruption through loss of productivity and excessive dry-cleaning is simply too great. If there's a one percent chance that Columba livia can be used as a weapon against American interests, we must treat it as a certainty.