Nature: The Best Engineer Ever

February 23, 2008

So, other than recently realizing that I probably should have gone to an engineering school (though if I did that, I’d probably think I should have gone to a liberal arts school… moral of this story? You won’t be happy wherever you are!), life has been going pretty well lately. You wouldn’t guess that by the fact that I haven’t written anything lately! But I’ve been uber lazy. Maybe that will change. Maybe it won’t. But for right now, the tide has shifted!

Anyway, I just wanted to share this video with ya’all. The speaker is Robert Full, from the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. Now, I don’t tend to like biology (well, it’s cool… but what can you do with it?!), but this stuff is really cool. And the best thing, you can do something with it!

Dr. Full talks about designing the best robotic leg by going out into nature and looking around a little bit. It turns out the the insects and lizards have some of the sexiest legs of all the kingdom. Spiderman Cheetah robot? Give them a few more years!

One of the important principles here: don’t mimic nature, learn from nature and then make it better in the only way that humans know how! There’s no limit to what we can do (heck, even the physical ‘constants’ ain’t constant) if you put your mind to it!

I may have drunk too much of the Kool Aid. But you’ll have to excuse this information-induced high.

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One Response to “Nature: The Best Engineer Ever”

  1. dave in the west said

    Wow… you sound like you’re tripping balls, Dave. But yeah, that bionic stuff always interested me.

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