Robotic rat terrorizes rats into depression


25 Responses to “Robotic rat terrorizes rats into depression”

  1. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    “Researchers set WR-3 loose on two groups of 12 young rats once a day for five days in continuous attack mode. A few weeks later when the rats had matured, their movements were studied in an open field and while the robot chased it. Then, rats in group A were re-exposed to continuous attacks, while group B was exposed to the interactive attack.
    The intermittent, interactive form of attack proved to be the most stressful. It was most effective in creating a deep depression in a mature rat that had been harassed during development. ”

    So, send somebody to middle and high school, and then out into the world and you replicate the most-effective procedure for producing depression in rat models.

    Thankfully animal testing is totally unrelated to humans!

  2. SumAnon says:

    So not moving = depression????

    Being forced to sit still in order to avoid a robot attack … and then subjected to anti-depression medication. Sounds like a creative version of Hell.

  3. oldtaku says:

    I bet the US Military/CIA’s torture guys would love a few of these. Similar to tactics they already use… but more convenient!

  4. vonbobo says:

    still waiting on apocalypse!

  5. “Science: We’re all about coulda, not about shoulda.”  – Patton Oswalt

  6. Gendun says:

    This leaves me unspeakably depressed. 

    • Boundegar says:

      Already?  But I haven’t unleashed the robotic rats yet!

    • niktemadur says:

      In order to make the planet better, we must make it a sadistically horrible place, put the fucking white lab coat on and leave your conscience and emotions at the door.  This is the kind of research that leads to billions in profits for Big Pharma.
      Meanwhile, official research in the incredibly promising area of psychedelics as a cure for depression, anxiety and schizophrenia is almost nonexistent.

      What’s not to be depressed about when one feels ashamed of the human species?

  7. Stop the robotic bullying!

  8. theophrastvs says:

    clearly some folks are still blaming them for that whole black plague thing

  9. orwell says:

    brought to you by your friends at skynet pharmaceuticals…

  10. Sekino says:

    Gah. I once had a supervisor just like that.

  11. Tom Hartman says:

    Rewease the secret weapon!

  12. Stefan Jones says:

    Robot rats for role playing games!

  13. CHilke says:

    So being constantly bullied and terrorized by a machine that never tires causes depression? Doesn’t this describe working for every corporation in America?

  14. Dlo Burns says:

    You know they’ll eventually overthrow us, right?

  15. Shibi_SF says:

     This seems like a mean-spirited thing to do to the rats.

  16. I’m so sad. 21 comments, and I’m the first Bullwinkle fan?

  17. Stephan says:

    Looks more like a robot rat that came from the future to kill a future rebel rat leader in the past.

  18. Diederik Werken says:

    This is not science. It’s just animal cruelty.

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