MindBullets 20 Years

Insect swarms descend on crops

Robot bees save the food ecosystem

In what looked like a scene from Terminator 14, earlier this year the first commercial swarm of bio-mechanical insects descended on a rice paddy in Vietnam. The million AI guided Asian Honeybees rose and descended, veered left and right, landed and took off in what resembled a well-choreographed ballet performance.

After years of research and experiments, scientists and politicians all over the world exhaled a deep sigh of relief. Yes, it was a major scientific success, but more importantly it heralded a new era of food security. The dwindling bee and insect populations had started to affect crop yields, and the world was heading towards a complete food ecosystem collapse. BMI Inc. licensed manufacturing worldwide and provided local adaption kits for their bio-mechanical insects, ensuring that local insects’ behavior, size, and pollination patterns could be imitated.

Dr Vivienne Wang, Head of Robotics Behavior Programming at BMI, explained that mimicking the local insects’ behavior was a key milestone in the AI powered pollination patterns to ensure genetic selection and wide distribution. “Humans have a tendency to go systematic, step by step, plant by plant when performing a repetitive task. Nature, on the other hand, has built in randomness to ensure spatial distribution of pollination, and mixing the genome from different plants. This ensures that plants remain healthy, and eliminates the bad ones,” she elaborated.

With a great smile, she proudly announced that before they released the first swarm, they ensured that the mechanical bees didn’t collect all the pollen from a plant, just a little. This ensured that real bees and other insects had plenty of nectar and pollen for food.

BMI’s bio-mimicry behavioral model has applied the learnings from past geo-engineering attempts and ensured that crops now can weather the perfect storm of excessive use of pesticides, monocrop farming, and climate change.

On the question of what’s next from BMI Inc., Dr Wang cryptically answered: “There’s not enough fish in the oceans…” We are looking forward to the company’s next reveal while we watch its shares hit all-time highs on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

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