That is the mission of an unusual project taking place at Poland’s Warsaw University of Technology. For the past four years, researchers there have been working to build robotic bees, called B-Droids, which they hope can carry out some of these tasks.
Through various iterations of the project, the robots have grown increasingly sophisticated — from early wheel-based bots which used computers to find nearby flowers to the latest version, a quadcopter able to move from flower to flower taking pollen samples.
This sounds wonderful. However, I can’t stop thinking about that episode from Black Mirror.