The future may be horrifying, but it is also hella interesting. I mean, "[T]he HI-MEMS program seeks to grow MEMS and electronics inside the insect pupae. The new tissue forms around the insertions, making the bio-electronic interface long-lasting and reliable." Wow!
Honestly, though (and maybe I'm being a callous and/or naive American), the weaponizing doesn't scare me as much as the surveillance-izing. This is, um, an understatement: "CCTV is mostly deployed in public and in privately owned public spaces. An insect could easily fly into your garden or sit outside your bedroom window.... Robotic surveillance insects might be harder to spot. And having to spot them wouldn't necessarily be good for our mental health."
And I always love the titles of technical papers, just their reserve and comprehensiveness and cadence, but I'm afraid this one has gone a little Hollywood: