posted on Apr, 14 2013 @ 12:24 PM
This robotic 'bee', drone, wth, has come up countless times for various different nefarious purposes.
All of them likely bologna.
How are they going to have any control over a swarm large enough to pollinate hundreds of thousands of fields, in a timely manner? Can you picture
some hacker with a cell phone hijacking a robo swarm of them? I can. Then there is the inevitable errors in navigation, resulting in the wrong crops
All those quarter sized 'bugs' are going to need a power source. Which it to say a battery, they will also need some sort of endurance to go from
plant to plant to plant. Which means a big battery. Even with solar as an option, solar cells are not perfected to where you can get the needed
amount of juice from something that small. (Quarter sized robot.) Not to mention wifi/cell/bluetooth power drain, + GPS drain and the like, plus
Then, lets factor in yet another problem, the weather. Real bees know when not to fly. Computerized bees, either will need a brain, or a fallible
human to decide that. Not to mention weather is unpredictable, and ever changing. Of which you either need more computational power to fly all the
bees at one time to make the bee smart enough to 'duck and cover', or you have to be able to ground and recover the robo bees quickly.
Then there is predation, birds and stuff. I'm sure some birds will figure out it is not a real bee. Others will try and eat it, they're
'programmed' that way. Fast moving small object = food, same with bats. Which brings a host of other issues, ecologically.
Of which the last issue to come up with robo bee pollination.
Solar storms, solar storms play merry hob with radio communications, reception and a host of other issues. Normally you can get away with just piling
on shielding, but robo bees can't afford lots of mass and still fly. So a heavy solar storm day is going to screw with that as well.
So just looking at the problem, from an electronics and control issue, I don't think our live buzzy friends are going to be out of a job anytime