Think drones are a new invention? Think again.
A new lawsuit has revealed that the government has been using insect drones for biological warfare since the 1970’s.
The drones were designed to look like dragonflies and were named “Insectothopters” in the covert operation. They were designed to be used both as surveillance devices and to spread biological diseases.
“It was the 1970s, the Cold War was in full swing, and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Research and Development had developed a miniaturized listening device. But they didn’t have a good way to maneuver the device into place without raising suspicions.
After scrapping the idea of a mechanical bumblebee, CIA engineers prototyped a dragonfly to carry the bug. Dubbed the Insectothopter, the bug-carrying bug was the agency’s first insect-size unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and it seemed to show potential. Under ideal conditions, it had a range of 200 meters and a flight time of 60 seconds.”
The government have been known to take the ‘we know best’ path when it comes to public health, but spreading diseases and even ‘cures’ on a mass scale like this takes away each person’s individual rights.
Naturalblaze.com have reported:
“The Insectothopter is currently on display at a CIA museum. Since their invention, the concept has been explored on countless occasions by various entities.”
Even though the projects form the 1970’s were scrapped, the idea still remains and is even being worked on in the present day. Researchers from Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Janelia Farm are currently trying to simulate the ‘spying’ dragonflies from the past using genetic modification.
While many people think that drone technology is a really new piece of technology, this is just another example of the government being one step ahead. Much of the technology that eventually filters down into our every day lives has first been created for the agents that rule the world.
Science fiction in films and television has often portrayed the ‘future’ as a place where we are unaware of what is real and what is not. Have we now come to the point where we cannot even trust if the insects that are flying around our gardens are real or not? Artificial intelligence and hyper-realistic robotics is very much in its infancy and it seems we are hurtling towards an era where the lines between science and nature are very much blurred.