The build up to the future realities of Drones never seems to disappoint, as things continue to get crazier. The drones being reported on seem to get smaller and smaller. The idea of it looking like a mosquito is the last step before dust particles. Here is a snippet from rt.com:

The University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab showed off a network of 20 nano-quad rotors capable of agile flight, which could swarm and navigate in an environment with obstacles.
This is another step away from bulky heavily armed aerial vehicles or humanoid robots to a much smaller level of tiny remote-control devices. While current drones lack manoeuvrability, can’t hover and move fast enough, these new devices will be able to land precisely and fly off again at speed. One day the military hope they may prove a crucial tactical advantage in wars and could even save lives in disasters. They can also be helpful inside caves and barricaded rooms to send back real-time intelligence about the people and weapons inside.

A report in NetworkWorld online news suggests the research is based on the mechanics of insects, which potentially can be reverse-engineered to design midget machines to scout battlefields and search for victims trapped in rubble.
In an attempt to create such a device, scientists have turned to flying creatures long ago, examining their perfect conditions for flight, which have evolved over millions of years.

Recently mosquitos have caused controversy in South Florida, as genetically modified versions may be released onto the public if approved:

Key West realtor and animal rights activist Mila de Mier created the petition claiming the UK-based biotech company Oxitec “is trying to use a loophole by applying to the FDA for an ‘animal bug patent.’ This means these mutant mosquitoes could be released at any point against the wishes of locals and the scientific community.”

Oxitec developed the genetically modified mosquito with “a lethal gene that causes the death of the next generation,” Haydn Parry, the company’s CEO told The Daily Caller.

While de Mier warns this project is against the community’s best interests, Michael Doyle, executive director of the Mosquito Control District, told TheDC, “A recent survey of Key West residents showed that 38 percent were for it, 29 percent ambivalent, 26 percent against and 8 percent had not heard about it.”

Oxitec’s chief scientist Luke Alphey told Bloomberg in May that Oxitec began an investigational new animal drug file with the Food and Drug Administration. De Mier argues that Oxitec — not the FKMCD — is the driving force being bringing the the mosquitoes to the area.

The petition claims Oxitec could release the mosquitoes at any time against the requests of local residents, but Parry argues, “it’s not us that want to make a release, it’s the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District.”

“We opened the case because its our technology. In the same way that any food, pharma, vaccine company or any other type of company would that goes through FDA /EPA/USDA etc. So we opened the file as its our product, our data etc.,” the CEO said. “The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District are the ‘customers.’”

Doyle said that the Mosquito Control District canceled plans for a release last November after learning that the USDA would not regulate the technology. He said the the District has no plans to immediately release the mosquitoes.

So what are your thoughts? Do you like the idea of genetically modified mosquitos and robot mosquitos flying around?

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