Compared to cocka-roaches, bees have a lot more processing to do. This is possibly because they are a lot younger on the evolutionary scale and haven’t figured out how to do more with less like our brother roach. Roaches are like bees in the sense that they are probably one of humankind’s least favorite insects. Cornell and Harvard University scientist are however embracing the insect and it’s potential to be resurrected as a neuromorphic robot.
The intricacies it would take to completely mimic a bee’s brain is about to get a lot simpler to deal with for Harvard and Cornell University Scientists. Professor Silvia Ferrari of Cornell’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, think the robots created through an origami-like process, have the potential to make a real impact in the absence of actual bees.
Ferrari’s team is busy building chips that’ll ideally function like a biological bee brain. These chips would require a lot less power and the built-in sensors will process information using less data. “You just have too much power being used when it doesn’t have to be,” she says. “Robots right now have to ‘think’ about what to do, using all that processing. This way can to avoid that. Look at the cockroach. It has hardly any brain and it’s very good at avoiding predators.”
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The “RoboBee” is the architectural child star of Robert Wood, a professor of engineering and applied science at Harvard. “He has been a part of a new way to fabricate robots through folding and unfolding technology, similar to origami but allowing for the ability to fabricate everything at once: the chips, the sensors, the actuators, and more, by basically stamping this device into flat-like panels,” says Ferarrari. “Once it’s all fabricated, [the robot] unfolds like origami and pops up with all the pieces in place.”
The Robobees would possess normal control systems and additionally, sensor processing algorithms will assist them in proprioseptive (responding to internal stimuli) and exteroceptive (responding to external stimuli) responses.
What that means for us freqs is that sooner than later, Robobees will be pollinated yo’ garden and stealing yo’ bit-o-honey right from under your daisies. The scientists are even working on algorithms to control acrobatic maneuvers.
What all of this means for our natural, organic, gluten-free, non-synthetic, born in the USA honeybees is left to be discovered.
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