Bees are famous for being hard workers, pollinating our crops, and producing honey. However, bees can also help detect explosives.
How bees are trained to detect explosives
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) June 14, 2023
They are among the smallest but most effective biological sensors, with a sense of smell that can detect even the faintest of odors.
The honeybee is a prime example of how small insect brains can process such information. Researchers believe that bees can detect a wide range of chemicals, from complex mixtures in the environment to the presence of explosives. Bees hone their detecting ability by practicing their sense of smell.
To train bees to detect explosives, researchers amass a collection of scents that bees might encounter in the environment, extracts of dynamite or gunpowder, for example. Then, researchers soak cotton swabs in the scent samples and set them aside to air dry. The swabs are then placed at the entrance of the hive. Bees quickly learn to associate certain scents with a sugar reward.
A positive reinforcement training approach is used to train bees. Every time a bee smells the scent of explosives, they are rewarded with a solution of sugar water. Initially, bees fail to react to the odor of explosives, but with repetition, they begin to associate it with the sugar reward.
Researchers have also discovered that bees have a particular flight pattern when they detect explosives. After learning to associate the scent of explosives with a reward, bees take off and fly directly to the source of the scent instead of following their familiar foraging patterns.
Overall, bees have been proven to be valuable in situations where traditional explosive detection methods prove cumbersome or ineffective. Research on using bees as a tool for bomb detection is still ongoing, but the results so far are promising. If successful, they could help to make our environment safer while utilizing the remarkable skills of these small but mighty insects.
The training of bees to detect explosives is a fascinating example of how biological organisms can be effectively trained to perform a specific task. Bees have a keen sense of smell, and researchers have found that positive reinforcement training can help them associate the scent of explosives with a reward.
On the other hand, imagine aliens using bio-machines , trained more or less as those bees, for their needs.
This unique concept that draws on the idea of advanced extraterrestrial species using bio-technology.
The use of bio-machines implies that these aliens have the technology to create biological entities or machines imbued with artificial intelligence that can accomplish tasks on their behalf, and this reminds to what told by a scientist, member of the team that studied what crashed in Roswell, in New Mexico:
‘It’s also possible that maybe they aren’t beings at all, but they can make you think you’re seeing what you’re not seeing.’
But also what one of the fire fighters arrived on the crash site told later to his family: “…they look like garden bugs...”
While these concepts are different in many ways, they share some similarities. For example, both involve the training of biological entities to perform specific tasks or activities. In the case of bees, this training involves positive reinforcement and the use of scent recognition, while in the case of aliens training bio-machines, it may involve advanced neural programming and sophisticated AI systems.
Another similarity between these concepts is their potential for real-world applications, particularly in areas such as security and surveillance. While the use of bees in explosives detection is a proven technique, the potential use of bio-machines for a variety of purposes, like surveillance and interaction, a framework for imagining new possibilities in areas such as extraterrestrial exploration and interstellar communication.
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