The solutions to a multitude of challenges can be found right under our noses. Because, the organisms and ecosystems all around us store billions of years of experience. What can be learned from them in terms of bionics is what Ille Gebeshuber explains in her book ‘Where the Machines Grow’.
The Austrian physicist drew inspiration for completely new technological applications during her many years spent in the jungles of Malaysia. Her call to action: The solutions offered to us by the world of nature offers are not only innovative, they are above all sustainable.
Learning from nature for applications in applied sciences, technology, architecture, and art is expressed by the term bionics. Long ago, Leonardo da Vinci was one of the first to make use of bionic techniques – for instance, in the design and construction of his flying machines. However, this area of science first began to come into its own with the boom in the nano-sciences. For the first time, these made it possible to identify and investigate many structures and materials in previously unimagined detail. In the field of bionics, scientists fundamentally differentiate between two distinct areas: problem-based and solution-based bionics.