Wednesday, July 10, 2013

3 to 4 day battery life on autonomous robotic bees?

I happen to be around defense industry workers in social settings quite often. I don't let on that I blog etc.

There is a buzz among some of these workers. Robotic bees which had a battery life of a few seconds, according to those talking among themselves say the batteries can now support 3 to 4 days on one charge.

One robotic bee carrying a pin pricks worth of a bio-weapon could cause a world wide pandemic. Bees could kill even the best soldiers one by one. Any exposed skin would suffice. There is work being done to take over brains of animals using various means. There have been video showing how cockroaches can be run around like battery operated cars using a similar remote. How soon will a bee sized super computer autonomous robotic bee be able to enter in through a person's nose or ear canal and start to link to the brain? 


What then would be possible? 

Aircraft would be vulnerable as would any machine or system. The military applications for such a robotic bee would be limitless. The least expensive and most efficient method of removing humans to date may have just been perfected.

There would truly be no where to run, no where to hide ...


 

The above picture and below post was cut and pasted [from here].

Robotic scientists, it seems, are hell bent on creating autonomous, animalistic robots.

These machines, should the scientists have their way, would be capable of running faster than any human being, scaling all manner of rough terrain, and now, taking flight on their own, thinking like a bee in order to find certain sights and smells.

The robot take over is nigh.

A new report from the Universities of Sheffield and Sussex explains how scientists are looking at the way a bee's brain works in order to not only improve Artificial Intelligence, but to also create the world's first flying robot capable of acting on its own rather than waiting on the instructions of its human creators.

If doctors James Marshall and Thomas Nowotny are able to create such a bee-inspired brain, it will be the first time a robotic brain has been built to perform complex tasks similar to those carried out by actual animals and insects.

According to the report, these brains could then be used in search and rescue missions or even performing the jobs of bees (namely pollination) in case the great bee shortage continues.

Dr. Marshall explained why his team chose the brain of a bee instead of another creature in recent statement: "The development of an artificial brain is one of the greatest challenges in Artificial Intelligence. So far, researchers have typically studied brains such as those of rats, monkeys, and humans, but actually 'simpler' organisms such as social insects have surprisingly advanced cognitive abilities."

This project may sound familiar. Called "Green Brain," this project is partially supported by NVIDIA and attempts to build a brain roughly the size of a bee's. Project "Blue Brain" is being conducted with help from IBM and aims to recreate the human brain, a much more frightening notion.

Interestingly enough, according to the latest report from the Blue Brain project, the largest simulation they've run so far (as of August) is on the same scale as, you guessed it, a bee.

According to Dr. Marshall, the bee's brain is the perfect candidate for understanding the way brains work, thus giving us a better opportunity to understand the cognitive systems of a brain and one day fully understand how our brains work.

Interesting, then, that scientists are interested in creating autonomous, flying bees before they fully understand how the human brain works.

"Because the honey bee brain is smaller and more accessible than any vertebrate brain, we hope to eventually be able to produce an accurate and complete model that we can test within a flying robot," said Dr. Marshall.

Dr. Nowotny agrees with his partner, saying the advancements they make with the robotic bee brain will also help improve techniques in other areas of robotics, possibly leading to the creation of other, more horrifying autonomous robots.

The doctors also say understanding the way a bee's brains works will not only allow for the creation of flying, search and destroy robots as well as fully functional robots capable of thinking for themselves, but could also further the understanding of the bee itself, particularly when it comes to pollination. 

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