The thing is, I don't make this stuff up. I just see things other people don't see, and sometimes, they're really there. (image © Autonomous Nonprofit Organization “TV-Novosti”, 2005–2012, included under "fair use doctrine" pursuant to authority of 17 U.S.C. 107 for educational purposes)
So why do I bring this up on a blog about Goldfinger? If you have to ask, I probably can't explain. But I'll try.
Money. Lots of it.
DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has long been making grants for researh into "robot-insect" surveillance (as well as A LOT of other stuff that would scare the **** out of you). Although I've read about this type of research repeatedly over the last decade or more, and I've given speeches about it (and watch eyes glaze-over, mere nano-seconds before they rolled), I decided to conduct some quick research for this post.
I'd have to go through years' worth of Scientific American and other publications (yes, I still have them) to find some of what I recall, but without much effort, I was able to find a reference to an article by a Stephen Cole, titled, "Robots in the sky", as far back as November, 2000. A reference; the link that would supposedly take you to a summary "can't be found".
Then there's the article by Jimming Cheng, Winston Cheng, Nagpal, "Robust and Self-repairing Formation Control For Swarms Of Mobile Agents", National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI '05), July 2005.(pdf) The pdf "can't be found" either.
Here's one blog reference from 6 years ago http://politech.wordpress.com/2006/03/20/cyborg-insect-soldiers-in-the-future/, linking to an actual, available article: http://www.theage.com.au/news/breaking/insect-cybug-plan-hatched/2006/03/20/1142703251984.html. (Note the blog's closing comment re: "smart ants with bad attitudes. Or worse yet smart bees … or wasps!")
Wasn't published here, of course.
The next one is about a "seed", rather than an insect,
http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/Science-Fiction-News.asp?NewsNum=1208, but the concept holds.
And this one's about a "robot bird": http://www.sciencebuzz.org/blog/bursts/look-sky-its-bird-its-plane-its-robot.
Most of us know, by now, about RFID chips, and how they can be implanted in humans, for a variety of reasons. Were even being programmed to accept that:
("Law and Order Special Victims Unit" © NBC; included under "fair use doctrine" pursuant to authority of 17 U.S.C. 107 for educational purposes)
Some of us know that RFID chips can be a small as a period on this blog (smaller, by the time I finish it). There is no technological reason why my headline can't be, or isn't already, possible.
In fact, you can even find another reference (remember the '06 blog reference, above) to a video of "nanobees" here
http://futureoftech-discuss.msnbc.msn.com/featured, but don't expect to actually see the video. And, apparently, you won't find it anywhere on msnbc.com.
But an example of "swarmbots" appeared on an episode of CBS' "Numb3rs": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciPpEVK62k0
And they don't have to crawl: See: