Remote controlled bugs buzz off
Cyber-beetles that are capable of being remote controlled. It's both morbid, fascinating and disturbing at the same time.
"Now with these big beetles, they can get the electronics aboard but nothing else. For instance, for this to be useful at all for the military, it would have to have a GPS receiver/transmitter so they could tell what position it was in."
Nor, the professor suggests, would the beetle be much good for surveillance without a camera equipped with a decent-sized lens.
"Other purposes you could use it for - but which would be totally illegal under the current laws of war - would be carrying any kind of chemical or biological weapons, so you could do personal assassinations," he adds.