by Greta Romualdi, 14 years old – Siena (Italy)
Resilience, the new trend. Every year we come across trends in fashion, in art, in music but also in language and in the terms we use. The new 2020 term is resilience which is currently fundamental for Planet Earth to recover from our disasters. But what does resilience really mean? Resilience is the velocity in which a biotic environment can regain its power and return back to its original status. In Cambodia, at the Angkor Wat temple trees started growing on top of the ruins making the sacred temple nearly disappear under the stateliness of trees. Nature is trying to make us go back, it’s using all the power it has to restore what we did and try to make it vanish. However, our mistakes have gone further than anyone can imagine, the problem is that not even nature can resolve the things we have done. So it is time for us to apply our learning and understanding of technology in order to make this planet live again.
Bees, the good old bees have been disappearing lately and are dying at a breath taking rate. In the six years leading up to 2013, more than 10 million bee colonies across the world were lost, and that is nearly twice the normal rate of loss. “According to the Bee Informed Partnership’s latest survey, released this week, U.S. beekeepers lost nearly 40% of their honeybee colonies only last winter” describes Susie Neilson. Bees are dying of CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder). We are waiting for a sign from nature showing resilience one again towards the bees but this is not happening. If bees were to extinct so would the entire human species. We are intelligent, very intelligent, extraordinarily intelligent animals who learned how to use their brains also in a good way.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is constantly being used around us. Our phones, our laptops and what we consider as being everyday normal life is composed of AI. Now, let’s talk about it. Is it good? Is it bad? Well, we still do not know where it is going to go. Right now, AI is considered to be easy and obvious in comparison to what will be going on in 30 years’ time. However, we have found one very small but efficient way to remedy the errors that we have done, in other words using AI to create the new bees. The new bees are mini drones created in the form of a bee which can pollinate the flowers and distinguish which flower has already been pollinated or not. The wings of the robotic DelFly which is one type of Artificial intelligence bee beat 17 times per second, to generate the lift needed to stay airborne and control its flight through small adjustments in their wing motion. The researchers asked why a fly was so difficult to swat and looked to reproduce the insect’s evasive technique. The robot-bees can hover on the spot, fly in any direction, and even flip 360 degrees around pitch or roll axes. Moreover, these bees are completely solar powered and they recharge effectively in 50 minutes for a flight autonomy up to 18 hours. Their predators are strictly pre-identified. When they see their wasp predators they release a small amount of fast acting insecticide. This has no secondary effects on humans and its proven after clinical tests on a sample of 4000 people aged 12-65. These bees require minimum maintenance and the creators of the robot-bees have included the friendly creature safety feature of NBIOS2 (2nd Generation New Bees operating system). So many good feature but where are the bad? Well, we still do not know because AI is like a black hole, we still do not know how to use it perfectly.
However, now it is our turn as the new generation to spread awareness about the new bees and help the world to implement them in our daily lives. Nature knows everything, it knows how to cure itself, how to help us, how to restore itself and even how to apply resilience. On the other hand, we need to help nature with inventions like the robot-bees. This is because in some cases nature cannot go back to its original form. Nature has always cured and helped itself to go back to its original status, but we need to help it. We are part of nature, we are animals which learned how to adapt to their environment, but we are selfish and greedy. Now it’s time to help nature and activate the robot bees. It has now become a sort of tradition to put in my articles “we can make a change”. This time, we can. We really can. We can thanks to the brilliant minds behind the creation of Artificial intelligence. We can because we want to help nature. It is time for us to put down our phones, our laptops, our smartwatches and TV’s and stop, stop for a second and think. Think about what we can do to help and how we can help. We can make a change. We have to make a change.