DailyDirt: Cyborgs Animals To Do Our Bidding

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Artificial intelligence is getting better these days, but before we had artificial neural net software and other fancy algorithms that could mimic animal brains, people tried using real animal brains to perform various tasks. Military projects have attempted to create various animal cyborgs -- mostly unsuccessfully. Perhaps someday there will be a truly impressive animal cyborg, but then again, we might regret such a creation. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: ai, artificial intelligence, bats, biomimicry, combat dolphins, cyborgs, military operations, robot shark, robots, wwii


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  • identicon
    alternatives(), 8 Jan 2015 @ 5:03pm

    The geniuses who came up with this idea apparently never owned a cat before. Seriously, how do you train a cat to do anything?

    Is it possible that the people who told upper management were just trolling upper management and then had to try to implement the trolling?

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), 8 Jan 2015 @ 5:29pm

    The geniuses who came up with this idea apparently never owned a cat before. Seriously, how do you train a cat to do anything?

    Have you ever owned a cat? Yes, they're not as easy to train as a dog, because the average cat is more intelligent and more strong-willed than the average dog, but it's not all that difficult either, with a bit of patience...

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      Michael Ho (profile), 8 Jan 2015 @ 8:13pm

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      You got me.. I've never owned a cat myself. I like cats. I know they can be trained to do certain things.

      But would I rely on a cat to do something critical like help spy on a foreign ambassador? Uh. No. Would you?

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        Ninja (profile), 9 Jan 2015 @ 1:45am

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        Actually it could be great. Cats are independent and vary, very curious. Place a cyber-cat on the presidential window and if it is well disguised as a real cat nobody will take notice even if it stays there for hours lying down. At most somebody will check it and pat its head. Most other animals would be highly suspicious.

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    That One Guy (profile), 8 Jan 2015 @ 6:48pm

    Doomed from the start

    The CIA had a program called Operation Acoustic Kitty in the 1960s to create a cyborg cat.

    As any good cyborg has a laser pointer of some sort somewhere on it, making cyborg cats would have been foolhardy, as they would have done nothing but run around in circles, ever chasing the elusive dot.

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    Sheogorath (profile), 8 Jan 2015 @ 7:31pm

    The CIA had a program called Operation Acoustic Kitty in the 1960s to create a cyborg cat.
    Very forward thinking, then, weren't they? Just how many cyborg cats are out there already, each one with a microchip within it, bearing the details of where they live.

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    lars626, 8 Jan 2015 @ 9:03pm

    Bats

    The thing with the bats actually worked. They canceled it because we got close enough for the long range bombers to carry a full payload and the army brass did not want to deal with anything that strange.

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Jan 2015 @ 9:08pm

    didn't the Russians plan on using dogs laden with explosives to blow up tanks in ww2 as a last desperate attempt?

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      Anonymous Coward, 9 Jan 2015 @ 3:48am

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      "plan"
      No, they were actually doing that but things got bad when the dogs couldnt identify the tanks properly and they had a strong preference towards their own tanks.

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    Mikael (profile), 9 Jan 2015 @ 9:43am

    The geniuses who came up with this idea apparently never owned a cat before. Seriously, how do you train a cat to do anything?

    I guess you've never seen the videos of cats using toilets and even flushing them when they are done.

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      Sheogorath (profile), 10 Jan 2015 @ 5:21pm

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      The people who own those cats are the reason people without feline companionship are contracting toxoplasmosis (cat shit down toilet + mussels = public health disaster).

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    Guardian, 9 Jan 2015 @ 12:58pm

    smart cats

    my gf used to have this cat slept in same room , i gues it watched us get up at night ...open the door and goto the washroom....

    one night i saw it jump up put a paw over top and use the other on side and turned and pulled the door open .....i was like WOW

    now imagine that cat as a spy

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