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Controlling living beings

Austin Powers dream of Sharks with laser beams attached to their heads has just been overridden by this concept:

According to the New Scientist, the possibility of getting into the mind of sharks could be real soon. - Engineers funded by the US military have created a neural implant designed to enable a shark's brain signals to be manipulated remotely, controlling the animal's movements, and perhaps even decoding what it is feeling. -

That team apparently gained ethical approval to develop implants that can monitor and influence the behaviour of animals, from sharks and tuna to rats and monkeys. The research intends to improve our understanding of how the animals interact with their environment.

On a more controversial note, the Pentagon hopes to utilize sharks' natural ability to glide quietly through the water, sense electrical gradients and follow chemical trails.

- By remotely guiding the sharks' movements, they hope to transform the animals into stealth spies, perhaps capable of following vessels without being spotted. -

The project is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), based in Arlington, Virginia.

How far are we allowed to manipulate and control other living beings? Once again this could start the debate between the misuses of animals and where do we draw the line between humans and animals. Come on Greenpeace, comment, NOW!

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