China Claims Remote Controlled Pigeons

Map and flag of China, pigeon AP / CBS

Chinese scientists have succeeded in implanting electrodes in the brain of a pigeon to remotely control the bird's flight, state media said.

Xinhua News Agency said the scientists at the Robot Engineering Technology Research Center at Shandong University of Science and Technology in eastern China used the micro electrodes to command the bird to fly right or left, and up or down.

The implants stimulated different areas of the pigeon's brain according to electronic signals sent by the scientists via computer, mirroring natural signals generated by the brain, Xinhua quoted chief scientist Su Xuecheng as saying.

It was the first such successful experiment on a pigeon in the world, said Su, who conducted a similar successful experiment on mice in 2005.

In 2002, American scientists performed a similar test with rats, equipping the rodents with tiny video cameras in the hopes that they could one day be used to help in the search for disaster survivors.
  • Sean Alfano

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