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With robotic bugs, larger ethical questions

Advances affect ties of human, machine

Scientists report that robotic devices modified the behavior of a laboratory colony of real cockroaches. Scientists report that robotic devices modified the behavior of a laboratory colony of real cockroaches.
By Colin Nickerson
Globe Staff / November 16, 2007

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Here's a first: Bug-size robots have been used to coax cockroaches into unnatural acts. Research reported yesterday in the journal Science described how a team of European scientists placed tiny robots in a colony of laboratory cockroaches. Using behavioral modification methods, the whirring, partly-disguised faux insects were able to induce the real creepy-crawlies to follow their lead in seeking shelter ... (Full article: 1166 words)

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