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Biomimicry

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EN Biomimicry is a way of searching for innovation in a sustainable way by mimicking certain natural patterns (that have been thoroughly time-tested). The idea behind it is that nature has solved numerous challenges that we too are faced with and we might learn a thing or two. If you think about it, all nature's creatures are engineers: ants, microbes, otters, etc. Compared to us, nature has had billions of years of ‘Agile development’ to find the best configurations for survival. Nature resolved a lot of engineering problems. Think self-healing, tolerance and resistance to environmental exposure, hydrophobicity, self-assembly and even harnessing solar energy. Don't forget that it seems to be only the human species that was crafted a bit shabbily by nature. The rest of the fauna and flora surrounding us were mostly designed and developed extremely fit for survival. We need a big fat layer of technology on top of our nature to live for a reasonable amount of years.

*/ Think of our planet as a research-and-development lab in which the best ideas have moved forward, and the ones that used too much energy or materials or were toxic were dropped. What you wind up with are organisms that are efficient./*

The idea of biomimetics looks at how all this natural research could be used to face human challenges in a more circular and sustainable way. Biomimetics helped new technologies gain popularity that are inspired by biological solutions and this from a macro to a nanoscale. It might not be the first time in history humans look to nature for answers, but it's the first time the symbiosis with (digital) technology is becoming this widespread.


NL Biomimetica of biomimicry is een duurzame manier van zoeken naar innovatie, door bepaalde natuurlijke patronen na te bootsen. Die zijn tenslotte al uitgebreid getest doorheen de tijd. De natuur heeft al talrijke uitdagingen overwonnen waar wij mensen evenzeer mee geconfronteerd worden. We zouden nog het een en ander kunnen leren van de natuur, nietwaar? Als je er bij stil staat zijn veel creaturen van de natuur echte ingenieurs: mieren, microben, otters, noem maar op.

Tegenover ons heeft de natuur natuurlijk al miljoenen en miljarden jaren aan ‘Agile’ ontwikkeling kunnen doen om de beste configuraties voor overleving te vinden. De natuur heeft zo een hele hoop technische vraagstukken kunnen verhelpen. Denk zelfgenezend vermogen, tolerantie en resistentie bij blootstelling aan omgevingsfactoren, waterafstotendheid, zelf-assemblage en zelfs het benutten van zonne-energie. Het ziet er naar uit dat alleen de mens nogal krakkemikkig geschapen werd door de natuur. De rest van de fauna en flora die ons omringen, zijn doorgaans extreem overlevingsgericht ontwikkeld. Wij hebben een dikke vette laag technologie en wetenschap nodig bovenop onze natuur om een schappelijk aantal jaren te kunnen leven.

Biomimetica kijkt hoe al deze organische research gebruikt kan worden om menselijke uitdagingen op een meer circulaire en duurzame manier aan te gaan. Van macro- tot nanoschaal geïnspireerd door biologische oplossingen doet biomimetica nieuwe technologieën opleven. Het is zeker niet de eerste keer in de geschiedenis van de mens zijn dat we antwoorden gaan zoeken in de natuur, maar het is wel de eerste keer dat de symbiose met (digitale) technologie zo algemeen verspreid geraakt.



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