We are not interested in people (and neither are the roaches).

But they are interested in what other roaches do, according to a study conducted using “robo-roaches” – little robot bugs covered in roach scent, and programmed to respond to light and the proximity of roaches.  Turns out the behavior of the robo-roaches could affect the behavior of the group.  I actually read about this study a few months ago, but here it is again in a different publication, and still fascinating.

To me, the question that arises is, if you COULD program the robo-roaches to lead cockroaches to poison, how long would it take before roaches exposed to these guys evolved to detect and avoid the faux-ches?

(The other question is, why am I still up?)

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One response to “We are not interested in people (and neither are the roaches).

  1. I often ask myself the same question. Sometimes it’s just so hard to pull yourself away from the computer.

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