Remote control pigeons?

By sizemore Last edited 206 months ago
Remote control pigeons?

No London connection (yet), but this story caught our eye this morning:

Scientists in eastern China say they have succeeded in controlling the flight of pigeons with micro electrodes planted in their brains, state media reported on Tuesday. Scientists at the Robot Engineering Technology Research Centre at Shandong University of Science and Technology said ther electrodes could command them to fly right or left or up or down, Xinhua news agency said. "The implants stimulate different areas of the pigeon's brain according to signals sent by the scientists via computer, and force the bird to comply with their commands,"

The implications for London pigeons are obvious once Ken gets hold of the technology. Trafalgar Square could keep its flock as long as they could be manipulated to relieve themselves only on 4x4s or anyone carrying the Evening Standard. One scourge brought into the fold to defeat many.

We see a future in which the police used remote control feather-bombs to remote detonate suspected terrorists. And who wouldn't want to see a big bastard bunch of flying rats peck the eyes out of charity muggers, Omen II style?

Last Updated 27 February 2007