Animals: They were here first
If you were a cockroach, how would you feel about humans turning you into a biobot bug? They don’t even ask, they just strap a backpack on you and attach wires to your antennae that remotely control your movement. They actually send you on missions to search out victims trapped under the rubble of fallen buildings and while you’re at it, they have you check out levels of radiation. Maybe it wouldn’t bother you too much, after all, you might think that at last, humans are finally beginning to appreciate your indomitable strengths. But then, on the other hand, you might feel a bit apprehensive about the whole idea of being put to task without your permission. Do rescue dogs give consent? Oh, well, you tell yourself, I’m a cockroach, able to survive anything, I’ll play along.
Here’s the human side of this story from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science.
Here’s a link to The Takeaway on NPR where the scientist, Dr. Alper Bozhurt, is interviewed about his project with the cockroaches - and by the way - they're not the little guys that dwell among us here in America, Dr. Bozhurt works with the big impressive bugs known as the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach as shown in the photo for this story.