In the last decade, bee colonies have seen a drastic decline in numbers and many believe that Monsanto products are responsible for this hit to our environment and to the bee population. If this trend continues bees may join other species that have become extinct. Bees are not completely extinct yet, but they might as well be.
Because big corporations don’t want to see a 3/4 decrease in crop yields with the declining bee populations, they decided to simply replace them with robotic bees.
Like a drug, the use of robotic bees, instead of using limited resources to try and save the dying bees, is the preferred option for farmers both big and small.
This is not fiction: recently Wal-Mart filed a patent for robotic bees.
They aren’t the only people to try and develop them in recent years.
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The autonomous, robotic bee replacements would pollinate crops just like bees, but at the mercy of corporations who own them and know how to produce them.
They would be like little drones, transporting pollen from plant to plant, utilizing cameras and sensors to detect the location of plants and flowers.
The patent filing was first reported by CB Insights.
Alongside 5 other patents for farming drones, this one was spotted.
One drone found in the patents could monitor the health of crops, and another could identify pests.
According to Science Alert:
“In recent years, scientists have searched for solutions to the decline of honeybees, which pollinate nearly one-third of the food we eat and are dying at unprecedented rates largely because of a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder. (In 2017, however, these deaths declined from the year prior.)
Harvard University researchers introduced the first RoboBees in 2013. At the time, the bee-size robots could only fly and hover midair when tethered to a power source, but they have advanced since then.
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If the idea is not enticing to the imagination, this could be considered a particularly scary idea to the average person, not only for the fact that bees could really become extinct, but also that they would be replaced with robotic pollinators that are controlled by corporations who just want to turn a profit.
A power differential between the corporations who wield this technology and the average person who lives paycheck to paycheck would be enormous.
This technology could actually create a vicious incentive for those who wield it, to actually destroy the remaining pollinators and ensure that people require their technology.