Robobees, a possible solution for a future without bees?

Robobees are developed by a research robotics team at Harvard University. A robobee is a tiny robot. It acts like, as the name suggests, a normal living bee. It is able to fly because the wings are able to beat 120 times per second.

The project’s goal is making a 100%¬†autonomous swarm of robobees. These swarms can i.e. be used for search and rescue, and artificial pollination. In this last scenario, artificial pollination, why would we want robobees?

Currently we have a chemically intensive agriculture model. If we continue with this, it is quite possible we may affect our pollinating insects. This affection may be in such degree that we reach a “pollination crisis”.

This is the imaginary future we do not want, right? This future where bees and the biodiversity they help maintain, have finally fallen victim to chemically intensive industrial agriculture. A world where bees get replaced by robobees.

Of course this has 2 sides. So the question is: What should we do? Create a new world with robobees, or save our own?