Text: Oksana Udovyk, Tetyana Kononenko
Usually, when we speak about innovations, the first association that comes to our mind is something technology-related, such as artificial intelligence, IT, hi-tech, etc. Much less often we mention social innovations, for instance, inclusive design solutions for the visually impaired people. But there is one more, no so widely known but very promising area of innovation – researching and adopting the innovations that already exist in nature.
The main idea is that nature has already found solutions to many of the problems and global challenges we face. Animals, plants and germs are outstanding engineers. After billions of years of “research and design,” nature has uncovered the secrets to survival, including in the harshest conditions. Biomimicry means uncovering these secrets, and replicating them to solve the challenges facing humankind.
What does this mean in practical terms? To illustrate how it works, we have selected some striking examples of how humanity is already using the innovations of nature:
Speedy as a bird