Beware Of Robot Hummingbirds And Other Spying Creatures
Dr. Laina Farhat-Holzman
Saudi Arabia claimed a vulture that flew into its territory was a Mossad “spy.”
I hate to see reality impinge on the colorful world of conspiracy theories-but here it is.
DARPA, the Research & Development branch of the US Department of Defense, is working on a robot hummingbird that flies and looks like the lively little bird itself-but is intended to spy on human activities. It is not yet ready to deploy, but it reminds me that the Pentagon is not the only institution thinking about such things. Nor are such inventions only used in warfare. They could also have civilian applications such as finding bodies buried under earthquake rubble.
An Israeli scientist has discovered that mice are sensitive to certain smells-particularly explosives. The Israelis will use this system to detect suicide bombers as they walk through security sensors. The mice, in a container, smell the explosives and run away, setting off an alarm. The mice do not have to be “trained.” They are biosensors by nature.
Animals, such as dogs and geese, have always been first-alert protectors for man. But using animals as spies is a new idea indeed. Unlike the hummingbird robot and detector mice, conspiracy theories about animal spies have no relationship with reality but come from fevered minds in the Middle East-a region always rife for conspiracy theories. The problem with the conspiracy theories is their absence of scientific logic.