Monday, July 20, 2009


Apparently, the military is looking to meld insect with machine, creating operatives which are part bug and part robot. These cybernetic insects would serve as spies, as shown in this military footage.

While The Middle Room is of course happy to hear that these advances are underway, we must express concern that such technology is seeing military application so soon. This isn't meant to suggest that such things should never see combat; far from it. While we certainly prefer peace, we are well aware that the wars of the future are destined to be fought by cybernetic forces. Indeed, we have traveled to the wastelands of tomorrow, where only such super-soldiers are able to survive against the mutant monstrosities and zombie horrors that walk the earth.

Of course, with destiny not entirely written and the future not completely set in stone, there are certain variations in potential tomorrows deserving our attention. The militarization of insects today will have ramifications in the years ahead which we may be unprepared to face.

What happens, for instance, when our enemies enlist robotically-enhanced owls, patrolling the night sky with laser vision and razor wings, to hunt down our moth agents? Surely we will need to escalate the matter, creating larger and more radioactive insects, armed with missiles and sonic disrupters.

Despite the benefits of such action, there is reason to fear that such technology will eventually turn on us, leaving us at the mercy of our insectoid creations. Such airborne, six-legged monstrosities could endanger millions.

It is our sincere hope that the Pentagon will realize the folly of their current path and return to safer technological developments in building human cyborgs, robotic dogs, and - of course - conventional mech-suits.

While we certainly agree the prospect of cyborg bugs is cool, it is our considered opinion the risks outweigh the gains.

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