Scientists and engineers from Purdue University confirmed that they developed an advanced AI technology with spider-like senses. The said innovation will employ autonomic response to devices and will cut human and mechanical errors significantly.

Purdue researchers said that they developed a new breed of receptor dubbed as ‘mechanoreceptors.’ This AI is based on the ‘spider-senses.’ Just like the spiders, mechanoreceptors will act accordingly to any event (danger, mechanical glitch, or human error).

Researchers said that they studied how animals live in the wild. They found out that animals such as snakes, spiders, and crickets use sensitive sensors to survive.

Purdue University planned to install the mechanoreceptors initially to drones and cars. They said that if drones and vehicles are equipped with this intuitive sensor, there will be no more aerial and road accidents. In fact, airplanes and helicopters can also benefit from this technology.

According to Andres Arrieta, Purdue University assistant professor (mechanical engineering department), this development will enable different devices to detect and perceive threats faster. He said that their endeavor must be supported since this will help a lot of people across the globe. However, he said that they don’t envision a robotic or ‘superhero’ world. He said that like nature, they would just select the features that mechanoreceptors can perform. 

Aside from enabling devices to respond quickly, mechanoreceptors also compute numbers fast. And the good thing about this is that mechanoreceptors do not need electricity to operate.

According to Arrieta, they designed this technology to be cost effective and energy efficient. He said that they would keep on improving this technology so that it will help more people. Purdue researchers noted that they would not stop until they develop the perfect AI technology. They said that the development of mechanoreceptor is just the start.

The ‘spider-like’ mechanoreceptors project is part of Purdue University’s 150th anniversary.