I don't think there is any danger in seeing Man's Best Friend replaced by Man's Disgusting Scourge anytime soon, but this report I got today on the Homeland Security Newswire indicates that more developments have come about for adapting Adam Ant for doing Lassie's work. Instead of packing kibble for deployments, maybe we'll just be able to depend on the remnants of yesterday's MREs.
In this case the researchers are using the Green June Beetle, but given the size of the cockroaches (or Palmetto Bugs, as we like to call them in South Carolina) I have seen, we could probably equip them with a hammer drill and let them tunnel the victims back out of the rubble once they find one.
Cyborg insects are low maintenance, can get into very restricted and virtually inaccessible areas, and with these new developments, can be adapted for a number of different tasks. Some of these cyborg applications could also be used for monitoring hazmats or terrorist attacks, doing pre-entry search and recon for SWAT teams, or spy work. As far as our use of these creatures, the sky (or the basement) is the limit.
Never lose sight of this constant: Change is inevitable. It''s how we deal with it that makes the difference. What we know today as the way we do business may be radically different tomorrow.