Spies may soon be bugging conversations using actual insects, thanks to research funded by the US military.
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has spent years developing a whole host of cyborg critters, in the hopes of creating the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’.
Now a team of researchers led by Hirotaka Sato have created cyborg beetles which are guided wirelessly via a laptop.
Using implants, they worked out how to control a beetle’s take-off, flight and landing by stimulating the brain to work the wings.
The Berkeley researchers suggested the ‘cyborg’ beetles - part beetle, part machine - could serve as models for micro air vehicles.
Sato and colleagues also said the beetles could serve as couriers to inaccessible locations. The Berkeley team is also experimenting on dragonflies, flies and moths because of their ‘unmatched flight capabilities’.” —U.S. military create live remote-controlled beetles to bug conversations (via bellatoris)
Tacit knowledge – that which cannot be readily expressed in published content of any length, whether snippets or books – has always been our most valuable knowledge. You can read all the books you want on brain surgery, but that alone will never qualify you to perform brain surgery. At an even simpler level, no book can teach you how to ride a bicycle.
The ultimate impact of the Internet on our intelligence will hinge on its ability to support the creation and sharing of tacit knowledge.” —John Hagel (via chrbutler) (via infoneernet) (via roomthily)
What will future language look like? “Singlish” abbreviations from my writing notes: http://tr.im/APTf
Williams said Twitter is working on several things which will help give the network more credibility as an information source. For example, tweets will soon have an option that shows the location from where they’re coming.
“If a tweet is coming out of Iran on a mobile phone, there are still ways to fake that,” he said, but noted that a geographical location would screen out a lot of fakers.
The network is also working on a reputation system, based on ratings from other users.
“We are working on reputation systems … You may not know someone is trustworthy, but other people who are trustworthy trust them.”
One of the challenges, he said, is the balance between anonymity — anyone can create a twitter account — and reliability. He noted that anonymity was key to the Iranians posting images and news of the government crackdown.
“Anonymity was a key thing for the people there … How do you have anonymmity and trust … that is a key thing,” he said.” —David Hancock, Twitter CEO on the Future of Twitter (via soupsoup)