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19th Jun '16 8:25:22 PM Dravencour
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* The Loyalty Roaches from TabletopGame/FengShui's 2056 juncture are how the Buro keeps its eye on its citizens. The watered-down "environment-safe" insecticides common in 2056 don't do dick to them, but the ones in the contemporary juncture, which are obviously banned by the Buro, do a bang-up job on them.
9th Jun '16 2:26:59 PM margdean56
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This trope isn't just restricted to fiction, either- it turns out that [[http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22039/?nlid=1733&a=f actual beetles]] can be manipulated in such a way that they work as great surveillance, although full applications on this are still in the works. These studies also discredit one common appearance of this trope- robotic bugs. It turns out that they're CoolButImpractical, since making them work pretty much requires that scientists makes them as much like actual beetles as possible.

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This trope isn't just restricted to fiction, either- it either--it turns out that [[http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22039/?nlid=1733&a=f actual beetles]] can be manipulated in such a way that they work as great surveillance, although full applications on of this are still in the works. These studies also discredit one common appearance of this trope- robotic trope--robotic bugs. It turns out that they're CoolButImpractical, since making them work pretty much requires that scientists makes make them as much like actual beetles as possible.
8th Jun '16 11:44:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''[[TheNightsDawnTrilogy The Neutronium Alchemist]]'' by Creator/PeterFHamilton, an intelligence agency is using biotech spiders to spy on a radical group. Realising what's happening the group arranges for gangs of local kids to squash every spider in sight as a game.

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* In ''[[TheNightsDawnTrilogy ''[[Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy The Neutronium Alchemist]]'' by Creator/PeterFHamilton, an intelligence agency is using biotech spiders to spy on a radical group. Realising what's happening the group arranges for gangs of local kids to squash every spider in sight as a game.
3rd May '16 8:07:00 PM GreatWyrmGold
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* In ''{{Literature/Worm}}'', Taylor eventually gains the ability to use all the bugs in the area to see and hear what's going on around her. Even one or two bugs in a room are enough for audio surveillance to some extent, and just [[ParanoiaFuel consider how many insects are around you]] ''[[ParanoiaFuel right now.]]''

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* In ''{{Literature/Worm}}'', Taylor eventually gains learns to interpret the ability to use all data from the bugs in the area to see and hear what's going on around her.[[MinionMaster which she controls]]. Even one or two bugs in a room are enough for audio surveillance to some extent, and just [[ParanoiaFuel consider how many insects are around you]] ''[[ParanoiaFuel right now.]]'']]''
** Even before that, she could keep track of where the bugs were. [[DownplayedTrope While this didn't allow for precise intelligence, it allowed her to track people within her power's range and determine the layout of an area.]]
2nd Feb '16 10:51:31 PM Fox_One
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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' has you deploy a spider-like bug named Ziggy during the Colossus mission, [[DoAnythingRobot equipped with a camera, microphone, wall-climbing capabilities, hacking equipment and a short ranged stun device]].
2nd Feb '16 3:40:00 PM captainmarkle
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Subtrope to AnimalEspionage.
8th Dec '15 10:25:18 AM luiz4200
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* ''WesternAnimation/YogisTreasureHunt'': One episode features Dick Dastardly using one to find out where the good guys will go to search for the treasure of the week. Someone swats it without realizing what it was but Dick is satisfied because it at least lasted long enough to fulfill its purpose.
21st Sep '15 9:44:15 PM nombretomado
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* ''TooHuman'': a CyberPunk adaptation of NorseMythology, turns [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huginn_and_Muninn Huginn and Muninn]] into robotic birds with zoom-lens eyes.

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* ''TooHuman'': a CyberPunk adaptation of NorseMythology, Myth/NorseMythology, turns [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huginn_and_Muninn Huginn and Muninn]] into robotic birds with zoom-lens eyes.
3rd Sep '15 1:24:51 AM jormis29
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* The Spyders in ''MinorityReport''.

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* The Spyders in ''MinorityReport''.''Film/MinorityReport''.
21st Aug '15 3:38:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* In PandorasStar, also by Peter F. Hamilton, [[AlwaysGetsHisMan Paula Myo]] and her team use modified insects to spy past privacy shields that scramble any electronic attempts at spying.

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* In PandorasStar, Literature/PandorasStar, also by Peter F. Hamilton, [[AlwaysGetsHisMan Paula Myo]] and her team use modified insects to spy past privacy shields that scramble any electronic attempts at spying.
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