109.com / planetinfowars.com By George Dvorsky
New Project Aims to Upload a Honey Bee’s Brain Into a Flying Insectobot By 2015
Every once in a while, there's news which reminds us that we're living in the age of accelerating change. This is one of those times: 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.
Powerful and affordable
Now, while this might sound like some kind of outlandish futurist joke...
[Note from LACBA Member (and former LACBA President) Bill Lewis: "Guess we better not stop taking care of our bees!"]