ISRAEL - Robot ‘Hears’ Through Dead Locust’s Ear

Arno Froese

In an unprecedented biological and technological development, researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) have successfully connected the ear of a dead locust to a robot that receives electrical signals from it, and responds accordingly.

“We chose the sense of hearing, because it can be easily compared to existing technologies, in contrast to the sense of smell, for example, where the challenge is much greater,” says Dr. Ben M. Maoz of TAU’s Iby and Aladar Fleischman Faculty of Engineering and the Sagol School of Neuroscience, who supervised the study together with Prof. Yossi Yovel and Prof. Amir Ayali, experts from Sagol and the School of Zoology.

“In general, biological systems have a huge advantage over technological systems—both in terms of sensitivity and in terms of energy consumption,” he said. “This initiative opens the door to sensory integrations between robots and insects—and may make much more cumbersome and expensive developments in the field of robotics redundant.”, 2 March 2021

Arno's Commentary

One has to admire Israel’s inventiveness. There seems to be no end in sight.

However, we recognize the tendency; in this case marrying man’s creation—a robot—with God’s creation, the ear of a dead locust. This is in line with the development that will lead to the marrying between the image of the beast and man’s intellect. 

Interestingly, the eighth judgment or plague that came upon Egypt was the invasion of locusts. Exodus 10:13 reports: “And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts.” Judgment came from the east, and liberation came from the west: “And the Lord turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the locusts, and cast them into the Red sea; there remained not one locust in all the coasts of Egypt” (Exodus 10:19).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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