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Critics denounce RoboRoach device, which uses a smartphone app to control cockroaches 09 Nov 2013 20:29 #1

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The developers of a new electronic device that fits onto cockroaches, allowing their movements to be controlled by a mobile phone app, have been criticised for animal cruelty.

Critics said that it could encourage people to think of animals as “mere machines or tools” but Michigan-based Backyard Brains have defended RoboRoach.

The company says that its $99 (£62) device was designed to encourage children to take an interest in neuroscience.



www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/critics-denounce-roboroach-device-which-uses-a-smartphone-app-the-control-cockroaches-8930682.html
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Critics denounce RoboRoach device, which uses a smartphone app to control cockroaches 09 Nov 2013 20:30 #2

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Critics denounce RoboRoach device, which uses a smartphone app to control cockroaches 09 Nov 2013 23:33 #3

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could encourage people to think of animals as “mere machines or tools”

This. Life is not a toy.
But a spokesperson for Backyard Brains told BBC News: “At the moment this crucially important subject is woefully under-taught,” she said, “with many schools teaching neuroscience within the biology syllabus when it should be a subject in its own right.

If you can't make neuroscience interesting without resorting to remote controlled insects, you must be a shit teacher.
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Critics denounce RoboRoach device, which uses a smartphone app to control cockroaches 09 Nov 2013 23:46 #4

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Cockroaches will be around longer than we will.
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Critics denounce RoboRoach device, which uses a smartphone app to control cockroaches 10 Nov 2013 00:39 #5

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It's wrong. Imagine if a giant came along and put some electronic device on your back. I don't like cockroaches, but they should never become the latest, must have toy.... they are living creatures.
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Critics denounce RoboRoach device, which uses a smartphone app to control cockroaches 10 Nov 2013 00:50 #6

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I remember the good old days, when 90+ year olds in nursing homes lived forever. Darn this pesky virus.

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Critics denounce RoboRoach device, which uses a smartphone app to control cockroaches 10 Nov 2013 01:34 #7

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