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Roachbots integrate into cockroach society

Scientists report today that cockroach robots, affectionately known as roachbots, effectively integrated themselves into insect communities. The bots were so effective at mimicking insect behavior that they succeeded in taking over the tiny colony, herding the cockroaches into a plastic shelter. Scientists speculate that this could become an effective technique someday to remove pests from infested homes.

It does seem like a short leap, as acknowledged in the report, to speculate that robots could similarly perform a herding function in human societies, especially once they pass the Turing test and are indistinguishable from humans.

But in the meanwhile I am having flashbacks to John Jay Hall, freshman dorm at Columbia University, back in the days when roaches outnumbered humans. Conditions have surely improved, but back then speculation was that these ancient species might outlive humans. Thank goodness no pranksters had roachbots to unleash in the dorms.

And we should keep an eye on our robofriends for the future.
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