To fly like a bird and swim like a fish have always been
mankind’s dreams. In a sense, th
American air force major J.E. Steele
coined the term “bionics” at a congress
in 1960. It literally referred to “learning from
nature to apply to technology”.
The term was new, but the idea was not. Experiments
to copy concepts that existed in nature and biological
systems have been conducted since the 16th century.
However, most of them did not lead to immediate success
because bionics that intends to copy nature 1:1 is doomed
for failure and has little in common with science.
Nature may supply the idea to scientists, but they
then need to apply their scientific methodology to develop
a new bionic tool. As history shows, when scientists
use nature as an inspiration for technological, independent
developments, amazing results can be achieved.
Is what the field of bionics
is all about ?
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