UBYKA Army: Cyborg Bugs at War

Early in the 21st century, DARPA entered the UBYKA project with a singular goal: arm insects with programmable micro-mechanical systems and micro-weapons platforms, then send them out to covertly and effectively infiltrate the strongholds of warring nations. These UBYKA cyborg animals were superior in strength and agility,  enhanced with the latest technologies, and as War Terminators, they were good. But still, war persisted.

Enter UBYKA 2.0 – Primary objective: END WAR.

UBYKA cyborg insects are upgraded; they now possess advanced artificial intelligence, access to classified documents and locations systems to plan and optimize a strategic death blow to embattled nations. But something happens. There is only one effective strategy for ending all war: eradicate the human race.

The UBYKA ARMY divides itself into SKY FORCE and EARTH FORCE, air and land units with a unified goal:

Eradicate the human race and bring peace to planet earth.

This was not called genocide.

This was called recalibration.


It’s a compelling bit of fiction, and the story behind Sydney based conceptual artist Dean Christ’s collection of museum quality preserved insects outfitted with diecast metal aircraft wings, collector’s model engine parts, tactical gear, and a bevy of accessories to create micro-scale war(ending) machines.

The insects are brilliant works of art, mashing the specialization of nature with the human affinity for technological enhancement. The fictional UBYKA account adds an air of relevance, albeit a bit far-fetched. At any rate, the UBYKA Army project is interesting and  imaginative.

In a bit of somewhat alarmist futures-selling, “Christ points out that plugging into the brains of insects would be far easier than building robots and programming them to move like insects. Though he is not suggesting that this course of action would be wise, his sculptures underline what could very well come to be in the future of military technology.”

I don’t put a lot of stock in that statement or the idea. but I do admire Dean Christ’s attention to detail and creativity. These are only a handful of the specimens in Christ’s collection. If you’d like to read more about UBYKA Studio and Dean Christ’s work (and get some serious details on each unit of the UBYKA Army), check out the website. Each piece is for sale, as of the time of this posting.

[UBYKA ARMY via WebUrbanist]


5 Responses to UBYKA Army: Cyborg Bugs at War

  1. These are cool creations, reminds me of Roger Dean, (he did most of the early YES album art….back when 33s gave you decent sized canvas for art you could actually see)….he was also a furniture designer, architect/artist, and made some neat drawings, paintings, and actual models mating bird skulls with model planes, and elephants, [some clawed and pterodactyl winged] with tank turrets…….damn I loved the 60s early 70s…..lol

  2. What a stupid idea. Why would you negate the advantages of mobility over rough, or even vertical, terrain by adding wheels to the ends of arachnid legs? Not to mention screwing up the aerodynamics that have been proven highly successful and gradually improved over the last hundred million years or so.

    There's also a major disconnect between the modeling of the insects and the modeling of the 'tech' parts. Some of them, like the wheels, look like pieces from cheap toys. Did he just buy some other artist's detailed insect models and superglue parts from toys to 'em?

    I don't mean to be a buzzkill, but this is far from geeky. It's like some twelve year old imaginings of what's cool, or the brainfart of someone who's been smokin' a bit too much pot one evening. Even conceptually it's not a good idea. Why bother with missiles and rockets when it'd be more effective to just improve the toxins and weapons that are already part of the insects?

    I am entirely unimpressed by this. If you're gonna try to sell science fiction, don't forget the science. That's the important part.

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