still an extremely clunky field, with wary humans having to wear
identifying tags or just keep out of any area robots are working in.
These strategies are a little too similar to "being enslaved by
electronic overlords" to be comfortable, so scientists are looking at
an insectoid sources for improved eyesight. To this end they've built
a flight simulator for flies. Yes, you read that right.
Flies are known to "see" far faster than we do,
with up to four times as many frames per second as the human eye. More
important is the mind behind the sight - or rather, the lack of one.
Flies have far too few neurons to process such visual information the
way we do, meaning they've evolved a far faster "hardwired" approach to
optical input using fewer components, a fixed visual field (insect eyes
don't swivel), and accelerated reactions based on sacrificing
conceptual information for reactive ability - which is exactly what we
want robots to have.
After all, why bother building our own system when
we can copy another creature's work? If another species spent a few
million years working it out, there's no need for us reinvent the
evolutionary optical wheel. That's the thinking of the
futuristicaly-named Cognition for Technical Systems group, CoTeSys,
who've built a flight simulator to read the program out of a blowflies
brain. The insect is harnessed in the center of a 360-degree screen
with electrodes reading reactions from its neurons. As the sights
around it change, the equipment detail the reactions - allowing the
scientists to eventually map the entire program and reconstruct it
They'll then try to simulate the insect shortcuts
in visual processing instead of the extremely slow multi-step procedure
of scanning, processing, and deciding that computers currently use.
But don't worry: we're sure this will work far better than previous
sciences crossed with flies that you may have heard of, or watched
major motion picture horror movies based on.
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