Autonomous robots can be a tricky thing to get right; it would be nice, perhaps, if we could somehow gather the cognitive abilities of some simple but effective creature - a bug maybe - and build off that to create the artificial intelligence required. Engineers at a couple of Universities in England are attempting to do so - I had no idea we were even close to thinking we could do something like that!
Engineers from the schools are planning to scan the brains of bees and upload the data into flying robots with the hope that the machines will fly and act like the real thing.
The goal of the project is to create the first robots able to act on instinct. Researchers hope to implant a honey bee's sense of smell and sight into the flying machines, allowing the robots to act as autonomously as an insect rather than relying on preprogrammed instructions.