I'm not quite sure what to make of this.
Scientists with the Robot Engineering Technology Research Center of east China's Shandong University of Science and Technology say they implanted micro electrodes in the brain of a pigeon so they can command it to fly right or left or up or down. The implants stimulated different areas of the pigeon's brain according to signals sent by the scientists via computer, and forced the bird to comply with their commands.
I wonder what "practical applications" the Chinese have in mind? Not that we have the ethical high ground - we're doing something similar with sharks.