You want proof that James Bond supervillains exist? Some mad scientist has found a way to control cockroaches. Sure, it’s all fun and good now, and she’s letting people control the cockroach’s motions via Twitter, but how long until her “doting father” dies in “some freak accident” and she decides to “blame the government”?
The “scientist,” Brittany Ransom, who actually self describes herself as an artist, created a little backpack for the roach to wear — one that weighs only 5.5 grams and is electronically wired to the cockroach’s antennae. Instead of a remote control, Ransom has it wired so that anybody on Twitter can control the insect’s motion.
By typing #Tweetroachright or #Tweetroachleft to @tweetroach, a little vibration will trigger the roach’s hypersensitive antennae, causing it to think it has run into an obstacle and correct its trajectory accordingly.
Hopefully you are now asking why someone would robotically control a cockroach (instead of “hmm, how can I get that robot cockroach to kill my wife for me”), because there is apparently a semblance of an answer to that question: “At what point does its intelligence and ability take over? How much does it take before we are all desensitized to overstimulation?” Ransom said in an email to some other assbag publication. “As we, as human beings, grow more cyborgian and interconnected through social media, this project helps us participate in discovering the answer.”
Yeah, whatever. Just call me whenever they do the same thing with Twinkies. Here’s to a more awesome apocalypse.