MG Michael and I together with a number of colleagues have said time and time again that embedded surveillance devices (ESDs) in animals AND humans are not only possible but probable. E.g. uberveillance, animal implants, etc.

This bird underwent an x-ray scan for foreign embedded objects in its body after a radio tag was spotted on its foot with an external ID number.

"ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish authorities detained a bird on suspicion it was spying for Israel, but freed it after X-rays showed it was not embedded with surveillance equipment, newspapers said on Friday.
The kestrel aroused suspicion because of a metal ring on its foot carrying the words "24311 Tel Avivunia Israel", prompting residents in the village of Altinayva to hand it over to the local governor.
The bird was put in an X-ray machine at a university hospital to check for microchips or bugging devices, according to the Milliyet newspaper, which carried a front-page image of the radiogram with the title "Israeli agent"."

 

Talk about "covert".

Use the ancient technique of birds to deliver messages or obtain messages from the field, but this time let them do a reconnaissance with embedded surveillance devices which cannot be seen by the naked eye. Who needs drones at this rate? But they too are on the agenda- call them mechanical birds for social reconnaissance for want of a better term!

So mechanical birds, mechanical people- we are obsessed with creating things in our own image and likeness!  What next? Microchips in humans for surveillance of the self and others? Yes- that too is on the agenda. People have been dabbling with the art, we have a few known case studies, but more has been promised in this space.

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Now compare the following images- one is a real bird that was suspected of having a bugging device embedded in its body, the other is a mechanical bird that can be described as a drone with remarkable bird-like qualities. Pakistanis claim that the latter have killed civilians. 

Courtesy: NYDAILY NEWS

Courtesy: NYDAILY NEWS

"A new robotic flying drone, styled like a seagull, has arrived on the scene. It doesn’t squawk, poop or steal french fries from your hand, but it’s an example of incredible bio-mimicking design that could be the future of airborne robots.
We’ve met a Festo robot before–a robotic manipulator/gripper arm with a design that’s heavily inspired by elephant trunk muscles–and so we know about the company’s penchant for using bio-inspired thinking in its robot engineering. Festo actually has a whole suite of innovations under its Bionic Learning Network umbrella, but the Smart Bird is the most eye-popping among them.
In fact the robot is so astonishingly convincing in flight it really could pass for a genuine seagull from a distance–a feat of biomimicry that Festo is clearly proud of. The company notes: “Festo has succeeded in deciphering the flight of birds.”"