Robobees: Harvard Project Funds The Engineering Of Robotic Bees Soon To Be In Flight
With the alarming decline in the honey bee population sweeping our globe, fear of the multi-billion dollar crop industry collapsing has been on many people’s minds. To tackle this issue, Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has been working with staff from the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Northeastern University’s Department of Biology to develop robot bees. And according to a new video just released, these insectoid automatons have already taken flight.
The collaborators envision that the Nature-inspired research could lead to a greater understanding of how to artificially mimic the collective behavior and “intelligence” of a bee colony; foster novel methods for designing and building an electronic surrogate nervous system able to deftly sense and adapt to changing environments; and advance work on the construction of small-scale flying mechanical devices.
More broadly, the scientists anticipate the devices will open up a wide range of discoveries and practical innovations, advancing fields ranging from entomology and developmental biology to amorphous computing and electrical engineering.
If we’re able to figure out how to artificially mimic bee colonies, imagine what we could do with our human societies to improve effectiveness, efficiency and to clear away our delusions and non-self preservationist behavior (in terms of the larger social self that we’re all apart of).
Imagine a world where we have coordination and cooperation, rather than competition and violence. Imagine a world where we work to solve common problems that exist on the various scales of human society, from local to global.
Imagine if we’re able to eliminate the petty, chimpish aspects of our brains and psychology, to live happier, healthier lives as a more survivable and adaptable species.
Just think of the possibilities that we could then do, to advance both the universe and ourselves safely (because, if we’re able to perceive dangers accurately, why should we advance in such dangerous fashions?)
I may not be down for the first generation of implants. But I would be down for the fourth, fifth or sixth generation.
That’s just me.
Think about it.
See on robobees.seas.harvard.edu
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