What’s the secret to unlocking artificial intelligence (AI) and making it ubiquitous in our everyday lives? The answer may lie with the most abundant animals on earth — insects.
The behavioral adaptations of insects could help commercial organizations overcome a significant hurdle for AI adoption today: cost. The cost to design, produce, and implement this technology is still prohibitive for practical uses. As a result, research-focused competitions have played an important role in addressing current business challenges by applying new design techniques and strategies and showcasing new technology.
At the Silk Road Robotic Innovation Competition (SRRIC) held last month at Xi’an Jiao Tong University in China, a team of engineering students from Washington University in St. Louis demonstrated FlowBot, a low-cost, autonomous vehicle that avoids objects and navigates just like an insect does.
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