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AI Helps Grow 6 Billion Roaches at China's Largest Breeding Site (cnet.com) 105

With the help of AI, folks at a Chinese pharmaceutical company are breeding cockroaches by the billions every year, South China Morning Post reports. From a report: Their purpose: To make a "healing potion" that can cure respiratory, gastric and other diseases. The "potion," consumed by over 40 million people in China, is made by crushing the cockroaches once they reach a desired weight and size, according to the publication. There is a "slightly fishy smell" to the potion, which tastes "slightly sweet" and looks like tea, it added. Some insects are known to have potential health benefits. Besides China's cockroach potion, scientists are also exploring how milk-like protein crystals in roaches could be an excellent source of calories and nutrition. Chewing down on bugs like crickets and mealworms can also give us more protein, according to studies.
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AI Helps Grow 6 Billion Roaches at China's Largest Breeding Site

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  • by bobstreo ( 1320787 ) on Friday April 20, 2018 @11:29AM (#56471433)

    Seriously, aren't cockroaches right up there in causes of asthma?

    And this is certainly a place I'd totally NOPE out of...

    • Not in liquid form, you drink them not snort them in a dry from.

      While under snake oil Territory in my book. I expects it has the same health befits as a protein shake, without the sugar. Giving some one who is ill (probably not eating much) a drink with protein and some other nutrients to help them get over the illness a little easier, and like many American Drugs, it has a strong smell which make you feel that it is working. Like eating hot peppers to clear your sinuses, or mint to make your teeth feel c

      • by swb ( 14022 )

        I liked it better when they just added laudanum to everything to make it "work better".

      • you might think it's snake oil, but there are reasons for the "American Drugs" examples you give.

        - Regarding peppers:
        These will increase the secretion of the mucosae (i.e.: they'll cause your eye to produce more tear and will get your nose more runny. all this additional water you'll produce wil basically help washing your nose/sinuses)
        (most of the traditional cures for upper respiratory tract infections work the same way)
        several nasal spray work the same way but more directly (saline water to help wash out

      • by epyT-R ( 613989 )

        If someone is allergic enough to have a reaction from breathing the air in spaces cockroaches have occupied, then he will definitely have a reaction from eating them.

        I have a better solution for the real problem this propaganda hopes to fix: Maybe we should stop breeding so much. I'd rather have fewer people with a better quality of life than 10billion+ subsisting on insects.

    • by houghi ( 78078 )

      Calm down Indiana Jones. It is not THAT bad.

  • by fazig ( 2909523 ) on Friday April 20, 2018 @11:29AM (#56471441)
    The first part makes it sound like that traditional Chinese healing mysticism. Although insects are certainly a good source of protein and pretty efficient in converting plant matter into said proteins.
    Anyway, I suppose it's better than killing Tigers and other endangered species for their bone(r)s because some old guys can't get a proper erection any more.
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Why did you capitalize Tigers? Are you saying we should kill the Detroit Tigers? Are you saying we should kill the Detroit Tigers because they can't get a proper erection anymore?
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      China science so good.
      West science is steal and second place.
      China AI lead world with tracking seditious citizen.
      China feed citizen roach as directed by AI.
      Optimal feeding. Optimal breeding.
      China so good.

    • by jbmartin6 ( 1232050 ) on Friday April 20, 2018 @11:53AM (#56471567)
      There is a lot of research into various aspects of cockroaches, such as their resistance to bacterial infection, but eating them probably isn't going to confer those sorts of benefits. The "potion" mentioned is Kangfu Xinye and gets a lot of press as snake oil, although people who swear by traditional Chinese medicine will deny that. The Journal of Emergency in Traditional Chinese Medicine [cnki.com.cn] has a lot of studies on it, I leave it to the reader to decide if these are valid studies or not.
      • and how it works and when I've recovered from the shock, I'll write 'Fancy That' on the side of my **** [youtube.com].
      • GNC products (and general herbal supplements) are very popular in China. The difference is that it's scientifically produced and measured "snake oil"; but snake oil none the less.

        Glucosamine chondroitin and ginkgo biloba my ass.

      • by mspohr ( 589790 )

        I have often wondered why people on a Paleo diet don't eat more bugs. Insects of all kinds were a large part of the diet of true Paleos and even today, many cultures have bugs as part of their diet. They are high in protein and readily available.
        I'd like to see today's Paleos start eating this healthy diet rather than all of the industrially farmed meat.

    • Anyway, I suppose it's better than killing Tigers and other endangered species for their bone(r)s because some old guys can't get a proper erection any more.

      Using CRISPR technology, we should be able to grow billions of cockroaches with Rhino horns on their noses. That would solve the demand problem for dubious aphrodisiacs.

      However, students in university dormitories might not be able to deal with them, when they lay claim to the room.

    • Since this is all fake, why can't they just make a chemical that smells and tastes like the cockroach potion, obviating the need to raise cockroaches? Or call it "new and improved" flavor and just make it taste like an existing candy.
    • Anyway, I suppose it's better than killing Tigers and other endangered species for their bone(r)s because some old guys can't get a proper erection any more.

      Why do you libs have to make everything about President Trump?

      https://www.washingtonpost.com... [washingtonpost.com]

  • by Virtucon ( 127420 ) on Friday April 20, 2018 @11:36AM (#56471467)

    It's not that kind of roach!?!?

  • by decipher_saint ( 72686 ) on Friday April 20, 2018 @11:39AM (#56471487)

    beetle juice
    beetle juice

  • and where can I download the empirical data of the double blind studies?

    • by sjbe ( 173966 ) on Friday April 20, 2018 @12:11PM (#56471687)

      and where can I download the empirical data of the double blind studies?

      That's the beauty of traditional Chinese "medicine". It only works if you don't try to check to see if it actually works.

      • That's the beauty of traditional Chinese "medicine". It only works if you don't try to check to see if it actually works.

        What do you call alternative medicine that works? Medicine. If it can pass double blind studies it'll be accepted as medicine and no longer be alternative, nor labeled as ancient Chinese.

        • Funny how "Western" medicine is also increasingly shown to not be reproducible.
          • by sjbe ( 173966 )

            Funny how "Western" medicine is also increasingly shown to not be reproducible.

            Only to morons (like you!) who run away screaming with their fingers in their ears when they hear the word "evidence" and who want to believe that there is something more to eastern "medicine" than a good story. Or did you think all those diseases were cured by modern medicine with ginseng tea and acupuncture?

            • Funny how you just assumed you know what my stance on Chinese medicine is.

              Apparently, according to you, people are simply not allowed to criticize Western medicine. Not even when it is Western science journals themsevles highlighting the dearth of reproducible clinical evidence for many Western medicines, like vitamin and mineral supplements, to cancer treatments, to diet that gets overturned every few years.

              If you think Western medicine is flawless, I have a bridge in Florida to sell you. Dickhead.
  • Wow thanks AI! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Thank GOD for AI, how on earth could roaches breed without sophisticated algorithms?

    Now if only we could fix the brains of the Chinese who seem to think crushing up bits of other animals bodies (the more endangered, the better) has some kind of pharmacological effect.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    "AI Helps Grow 6 Billion Roaches at China's Largest Breeding Site"

    Is it a mere coincidence that at the exact same time the US Democratic Party claims 6 Billion new members???

    I... think... not...

  • It's the story with everything; "AI" and grossness!
  • Sounds absolutely disgusting but I guess it beats rhino and tiger.
  • Didn't they feed all the lower-class, back of the train folks ground-up bug protein bars?

  • Why are algorithms now being referred to as AI? It's very tiresome correcting the misinformed.
  • So they can stop exterminating african wildlife for thier tarditional 'medicine'.
  • And why is everybody talking about him?

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