Aug 2, 2009

Emulating the Right Stuff

When we set out to copy nature there's an interesting conundrum that arises. If we emulate form rather than function the results are usually pretty drastic. As this video shows:

For the same reasons that birds can't use propellors, our machines have never done well with "bird-like" structures. I guess this need to differentiate function from form when we learn from what's gone before applies to other fields too...? If you have any good examples that agree or disagree with this statement, please share.