Re: Symbiotes
Sat, 24 May 1997 10:18:32 -0400 (EDT)

In a message dated 24/05/97 01:21:44, you write:

>> A while ago I started telling people about my idea's to engineer bee's to
>> make alternative food products. Now they all think i'm crazy!

>In that case they are unusually unimaginative.

It always suprises me how unimaginative many people are. Unfortunately,
there are a lot of people out there who, not only refuse to *believe* in new
technologies (Nanotechnology being their favorite disbelief), but don't even
relise life exists beyond their own homes. Even more unfortunately, I seem
to be related to all of them!

>I'm not sure what alternative food products you are thinking of, but I
>think bees could be used for producing a lot of stuff.

Jelly, Peanut Butter (aided by worms). Maybe assembling microelectronics
(ants could be good for this). It may even be possible to create a
'computer-ecology'. Birds tell you when you have mail, Infomation grows on
tree's and Rabbits act as know-bots (at this point you probably understand
why many people think the idea is 'crazy'). Certainly takes ubiquitous
computing to a strange new level.

>I wonder what kind of scavengers might work in a apartment to clean
>it up? Cockroaches and ants seem to be obvious choices, but are
>there others?

Have you ever seen the french movie "City of Lost Children". They have a
flea, trained to be an assasin. There is already research into
'remote-control' cockroaches that can (theoritcally) be used for spying, etc.
Experiments into using dolphins as weapons have been going for a long time.