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Scientists Plan To Upload Bee Consciousness To Robots

Klint Finley

A bee

George Dvorsky writes:

A new project has been announced in which scientists at the Universities of Sheffield and Sussex are hoping to create the first accurate computer simulation of a honey bee brain — and then upload it into an autonomous flying robot.

This is obviously a huge win for science — but it could also save the world. The researchers hope a robotic insect could supplement or replace the shrinking population of honey bees that pollinate essential plant life.

io9: New project aims to upload a honey bee’s brain into a flying insectobot by 2015

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Photo by Steve Jurvetson / CC

 
  1. notyourboyfriendoranythin reblogged this from technoccult and added:
    Hopefully the robot doesn’t die with the first sting
  2. bwansen reblogged this from elfboi and added:
    Yep, without a head, feeding can be troublesome.
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    An insect’s nervous system is radically different from that of a vertebrate. Their brains are rather small, but they...
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    Like trains of cars on tracks of plush I hear the level bee: A jar across the flowers goes, Their velvet masonry...
  13. halphillips reblogged this from technoccult and added:
    creating robot bees cannot possibly be a good idea.
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    holy shit
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