It’s great to know that something like this really exists. And I seriously hope that we will not really need it one day.

Inside a greenhouse at West Virginia University, a robot is rolling down aisles of blackberry plants learning to act like a bee. Computer vision algorithms are being developed to help the robot locate flowers, and its robotic arm, topped with a set of soft brush tips–designed to act like a bee’s hairs–will gently reach out to each flower and pollinate it. At the moment, the arm is practicing its technique on QR codes placed inside the blackberry bushes. “From a robotics point of view, we’re always trying to find solutions to the urgent problems in the world,” says Yu […]

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