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Topic: Insects

From: rlm
Location: alexandria,va
Date: 10/15/2008

Enjoyed duo of Darwins Radio.
Wondering about insects. Nature has already developed optimal microbotic delivery systems: mesquitos, ticks, fleas, bees, ...
Idea: a future where insects have become more symbotic with mammals, especially, humans, delivering vaccines instead of disease, or producing immunities with smart immune systems that create them, or possibly in honey such as bees. It would be beneficial to them, if they were symbotic purveyors of health, instead of vectors for disease, and of having humans trying to exterminate them. Mesquitos were the first to have a genome decrypted; wouldn't be cool if they were modified to create vaccines and distribute them instead of spreading disease. Then again there could be the dystopia, where insects spread addictive drugs, ...

Re: Insects

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/16/2008

Very cool ideas here! Genetically engineered bee-stings! Wild thought.

Re: Insects

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 10/18/2008

Already implied in Legacy - when Olmy was being 'sampled' by the flora/fuana on that planet he went to.

Re: Insects

From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: 10/29/2008

"Where the bee sucks..."

The bees will inject us with ARPHIDS (radio-frequency identification chips). These will be biochips, however, manufactured according to spec by the insects' bodies. The arphids will talk to banks, goods, phones, OnStar, the police, immune systems, each other...and to the folks that write the specs.

The chips will mutate. Flawed chips are noise in the system, "loyal" chips will evolve means to deal with them (it is the bees that evolve: the chips "reward" them, an apparent Lamarkianism but not really). A superorganism already half-in-place now goes global. The tables are turned on the Illuminati: a Bee Computer rules the world.

It chooses a Speaker to address the disoriented humans while their troublesome and no-longer-necessary cerebral cortexs are being dismantled. The Speaker? Buzz Aldrin.

Re: Insects

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/07/2008

Hum a few bars... And we'll get down to beesness!

Re: Insects

From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: 11/08/2008

You kill me, B!

Re: Insects

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/08/2008

Now zzzz....

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