Feeds

Ain't nobody here but us chickens, oh, and the transmitters

Has the world gone clucking mad?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Chickens may soon be implanted with transmitters and computers if a, frankly, bonkers engineering professor in Georgia gets her way. According to an Associated Press report, Takoi Hamrita has put five-pence-sized radio transmitters under 12 chickens' breast bones and linked them to some artificial intelligence software.

What the hell for? You may well ask. Apparently, her goal is reduce heat stress and regulate the birds' diet for maximum growth. Although there is no explanation as to how she intends to do this, we don't doubt for one second that putting a transmitter in the front of a chicken will achieve just that. In fact to test this out, we put a small transistor radio down Linda's top this morning. By the afternoon she reported her heat stress had fallen and she'd had a tasty, healthy Japanese meal just round the corner. Amazing.

This incredible system will also reduce the risk of disease in chicken houses. It is still unknown whether it will help them cross the road. The reusable sensors (so with luck you won't find one in your Sunday roast) are a little bit pricey - between $5000 and $10,000 per 100 birds + $2000 for the equipment - but then when you get results this good, it's got to be worth it.

Takoi has big plans to extend her tests to 100 chickens in a huge chicken house. Good luck, love. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
HP busts out new ProLiant Gen9 servers
Think those are cool? Wait till you get a load of our racks
Like condoms, data now comes in big and HUGE sizes
Linux Foundation lights a fire under storage devs with new conference
Community chest: Storage firms need to pay open-source debts
Samba implementation? Time to get some devs on the job
Silicon Valley jolted by magnitude 6.1 quake – its biggest in 25 years
Did the earth move for you at VMworld – oh, OK. It just did. A lot
Forrester says it's time to give up on physical storage arrays
The physical/virtual storage tipping point may just have arrived
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?