An advertisement for employment on the Federal Business Opportunities website lists a job at the Department of Defense for scientists with ideas on how to use insect brains to develop “conscious robots.”

The ad, posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, says the Department for Defense seeks concepts exploring “new computational frameworks and strategies drawn from the impressive computational capabilities of very small flying insects for whom evolutionary pressures have forced scale/size/energy reduction without loss of performance.”

According to a document explaining the opportunity in more detail to interested companies, the proposal seeks to help engineer robots that are quicker, more energy-efficient, and easier to train.
Why not use Democratic brains - they are smaller.