Team NEDO-Hydra’s robot is held in place by the racks in the Robot Garage during the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge, June 6, 2015 in Pomona, California.
The Pentagon’s emerging technologies unit, is seeking proposals that make use of insects brain to control robots for a variety of purposes.
The Federal Business Opportunities website post looking for concepts to explore “new mathematical frameworks and strategies drawn from the impressive computational capabilities of very small flying insects for whom evolutionary pressures have forced the scale/the size/the reduction of energy consumption without loss of performance.”
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has done research on a wide range of futuristic opportunities in its history and is known for having funded projects that helped lead to the creation of the World Wide Web as we know it.
“Nature has forced on these small insects drastic miniaturization and energy efficiency, some have only a few hundred neurons in a compact form-factor, while the retention of basic functions,” a document of the post reads. “In addition, these organisms may be, able to display the increased subjectivity of the experience, which extends a simple look-up table answers AI-relevant problem solving.”
Horse Fly (Tabanus) with colored flowers
The document goes on to state that there is evidence “, even for little insects have subjective experiences, the first step in the direction of a concept of ‘consciousness.'”
DARPA is offering a $1 million to which company is granted, with a range of markers for each phase of the project, according to the post.
Or the project the goals will be achieved remains to be seen.