# Genetically engineered bionically enhanced insects in lieu of robots

For context, I was reading about various research groups installing implants and cameras onto insects to use them as reconnaissance drones in high risk areas.

I’m wondering how feasible it would be, to upscale this idea, to genetically engineer insects to appropriate sizes and enhance them with the required bionics for control via software, and manipulation of their physical environment. Essentially piggybacking on a couple billion years of evolution to produce a versatile cyborg workforce that might be of use in the construction industry or maintenance.

• Cybernetically enhanced or not if you want them bigger than the biggest extant insects you're going to have to give your robo insects lungs, a simple book lung of some sort would probably suffice but that's still going to be some serious gene engineering, crustacean of some sort would probably be quicker & easier, how about the Japanese spider crab or the Coconut crab, a bit of gene mod & selective breeding with either of those? – Pelinore Apr 5 '20 at 23:52
• Ah I didn’t even think of crustaceans, that broadens the scope quite a bit. I was thinking of different ways to increase oxygen, even going as far as having tanks of oxygen attached. I was also focusing on insects and arachnids because they are already able to produce various materials organically that might be modified for industrial uses. – Rusty Apr 6 '20 at 0:23

• :%s/arthropod/insect/g -- Many arthropods (e.g., lobsters or crayfish) have gills, others have book lungs (e.g., spiders). Tracheae are specific to insects. You may have noticed that lobsters and crabs can get quite big. – AlexP Apr 6 '20 at 7:58