The decline of the Bee population poses a huge problem for the future of human agriculture, not to mention the unbalanced ecosystems that will be harmed with the bee's absence (as they are main pollinators). It seems that Harvard engineers have been working on robot bees (link) as a solution to the insect loss.
It's interesting to think about this technological development as another industrialization of labor, and we must consider the effects this might have in the micro-ecosystems such as the insect world. What affects might this introduction have on other insect species that co-exist with the bees in symbiotic relationships?
- Katia Perez (fall 2016)