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WALMART’S ROBOTIC BEES PATENT

Mr. D.W., and Ms. M.W.(not related), sent along versions of this story, and Mr. D.W.'s email came along with the brief suggestion of a high octane speculation, which I am going to pass along. Here's the story...

A Giant US Retail Corporation Just Filed a Patent For Autonomous Robot Bees

Walmart silently filed a patent for robotic bees meant to pollinate crops

A few years ago, GMOs -  and more particularly, glyphosate, the chief ingredient in I.G. Farbensanto's "Round Up" weed killer - began to be connected in some studies to the phenomenon of honey bee colony collapse disorder. Long before that, people began to notice a strange thing - and I number myself in this category - there were fewer and fewer bees. In fact, when I was young, there were bees constantly buzzing around in my mother's flower garden, every day. Now, in my small little flower garden in front of my house, seldom, if ever, do I see any honey bees. It began even to be a topic of discussion on the then most popular overnight radio talk show in the USA, Art Bell's Coast to Coast AM. What mystified me, and many people, was with mounting evidence that GMOs were connected to the phenomenon (bees, after all, began to decline right at about the same time that GMO crops began to be introduced in a major way), there seemed to be no real concern in the USSA's corporate kleptocracy whatsoever.

Now we know why (citing the first article):

Like an episode out of Black Mirror, Walmart has filed a patent for autonomous robotic bees, technically called pollination drones, that could potentially pollinate crops just like real bees.

The drones would carry pollen from one plant to another, using sensors and cameras to detect the locations of the crops.

First spotted by CB Insights, the robot bee patent appears along five other patents for farming drones, including one that would identify pests and another that would monitor crop health. Walmart did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

While Walmart's exact goal for these patents is unclear, they may signal that the company hopes to venture into agriculture and gain more control over its food supply chain.

This would make sense, considering Walmart has recently focused on improving its grocery delivery business. (Emphasis added)

This is all part of a wider move to miniaturize drones for a variety of agricultural tasks, according to the second article:

Anxious about the food supply? Don't blame you. Pollinators at large, and bees in particular, are struggling to adapt to the Anthropocene world - and they're dropping dead in huge numbers while at it. But fret not, for retail giant Walmart is determined to soothe your fears; mainly by replacing them with an equally disturbing, Black Mirror-esque premise.

In a move first reported on by CB Insights, Walmart has filed a patent for autonomous bees. Technically called ‘pollination drones', these robots are meant to do just that: pollinate crops in lieu of real bees. They would carry pollen from one plant to another, relying on cameras and other sensors to identify crops and their flowers.

The patent appears alongside five other patents for farming drones, including one that would keep an eye out for pests and another tasked with monitoring crop health. It's not yet clear what Walmart plans to do with these patents; Business Insider tried to contact Walmart, but so far they didn't respond to their request for comment.

I think it's safe to assume that the company wants to get into agriculture, to gain more control over its food supply chain. (Emphasis added)

Now, both articles point out that these "pollinator drones" are far from readiness to deploy, but they also point out that they're a lot further along than just a few years ago.

And both articles are agreed on something else: substituting "pollinator drones" for real living honey bees allows corporations to gain control of yet another stage in the food supply chain. "Pollinator drones" as both articles point out, are "patentable" and therefore fall under proprietary ownership. In this case, however, Walmart, as most everyone knows, is one of the world's largest retailers, and has plans to expand its "home delivery" business for groceries. Amazon has similar plans, and even local grocery retailers are making moves toward "online shopping" and "home delivery.

No need for you to leave your home. Just go online, and file your grocery order, and it will be delivered, while the pollinator drones happily buzz in your flower garden and local farm fields that are planted with GMO crops, which are also patented. In other words, the entire food cycle is being corporatized.

Now, add to this those stories from decades ago when it was reported that the CIA was toying with the idea of making miniaturized electronic eavesdropping components to put on insects to spy on people in their homes, and it's a short step to the idea that "pollinator drones" could also be modified with surveillance equipment, and voila, yet another level of espionage and invasions of privacy are added to the mix, and following behind it, one can expect "laws" and "regulations" will be put in place to prevent citizens from destroying "private property" (i.e., the "pollinator drones") even if they're found on one's own property!  After all, they belong to Walmart, or whomever.

So what was Mr. D.W.'s private high octane speculation? In his email that passed along the second article, he said "To be frank, the more I think about it the I wonder if the demise of the bees was intended..."  And I have to wonder the very same thing.

See you on the flip side...

22 thoughts on “WALMART’S ROBOTIC BEES PATENT”

  1. Another possible unwanted consequence: Think of Cymatics – The effect of sound upon matter.
    What if the very sound of the bees wings influenced the pollination?
    Just a thought.

  2. Time to get out the robesticides. Not on my lawn! And surely these things will finish off the bee (de)population by further reducing viable bee habitat in the ecosystem. Further, whomever controls these armies of beebots can simply turn them away from any ‘undesireable’ crops (non-GMO) and reduce them to useless stunted fields. No thank you.

  3. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more inhuman or insane, here come the robobees!
    I’d assumed the mad scientists were out to replace/merge humans with machines; now it’s about replacing animals with machines. Trans-animalism??

  4. more and more i wonder less about the past and motives and intents. more and more i wonder (or mostly get concerned) with what past records indicate about future performance.

    getting more obvious ai has been large and in charge for way longer than just the last few years. or even decades. and is now confident er competent enough to roll out the public opinions we are all tasked with acquiring in our brave new world. this is just one more thang.

    1. couple thoughts came to mind when the overdue ice age was noted.

      first is that per all experience i can consider, the power that prevails in all conflicts is the one with greatest continuity of intel/consciousness/awareness – whatever you want to call it, mind? wisdom?

      it’s not always a matter of who’s smarter, cleverer,…. it is always a matter of who’s wiser. wisdom goes to continuity of thought/experience. it’s what keeps us studying late when we really should sleep and trust our right brain in our sleep more to parse out what our left brain is chewing so hard on while we keep awake too long. the answer will come given good rest and that lovely subconscious processing.

      so this logic is to say that staying awake longer isn’t making us wiser. keeping the brain working as it should consciously and unconsciously, comfortably, healthily and continuously makes for a wiser entity. get drunk fall down hit head wake up with liver and brain hurting. well, there goes some of that continuity.

      on a larger scale of time and society, the group that rules the other groups is necessarily going to be the wiser group. wise in terms of knowledge that comes with experience that only continuity of the group can bring.

      has anyone seen a farmer keep livestock with lifespans three and four times as long as the farmer’s life span? redwood trees don’t count. so what scares me when i consider all the species we get to see so far on this planet is not that video of the polar bear wondering through some siberian town treating locals like a fun basketball (although that is some scary stuff). what would scare me more would be a version of planet of the apes with some 300 or 400 year old apes running things. running things well enough that i’d have to sit back awed with envy for the genius i cannot comprehend of how they do it. i imagine that’s how our chickens think of us as they can’t stand to be near us but have to be as we hand them their most delicious breakfast every morning.

      i imagine something similar has happened to buzz aldrin, the ketchup head of state dept, the patriarch, and all those other antarctic tourists. the scariest scenario i can imagine is that they got to see a society that’s prevailed millenia safely and comfortably through maelstroms we shortlived mortals haven’t really gotten a grock on yet.

      1. wonder how long they’ve gone and what they’ve seen come and go.

        the second think that came to mind was of those mammoths buried in the ice in siberia found with fresh clover still in their mouths. where exactly did our corporate scientists come up with any evidence let alone proof that these epic changes come on slowly?

        btw. have any of you looked at the video recently out on the work done on the safire project for 2017?
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keJAQIWEyzY

  5. There will be unimaginable horror if the baddies succeed in wiping-out the bee population and replacing it with robo-bees. Mother Nature has so finely-tuned the natural instincts of bees within the overall pollination cycle that the ‘Law of Unintended Consequences’ will apply. Not to mention ‘Murphy’s Law’. On the other hand, there will be a Butlerian Jihad beyond compare…

    Mr. D.W.: “To be frank, the more I think about it, the [more] I wonder if the demise of the bees was intended…” JPF: “And I have to wonder the very same thing.” Yep.

  6. A couple of speculations occur:

    Given that our geomagnetic shield is dropping in strength very rapidly, more than 5 percent per decade now ( and we are down at least 25% already), that our solar system is about to exit a dust cloud, and that we are in a grand solar minimum, all of which drastically increase the external radiation reaching the planet’s surface, there are two things which might connect to this story.

    One, “someone” knows about the impending demise of a great deal of life on the planet’s surface and is making plans in case that happens; or, two, that same someone wants control of everything, even insects (whose crops get pollinated and whose don’t), and they are oblivious to the impending event, in which case the electrical impulse and radiation bombardment will wipe out all electronics on the surface, including these idiotic robot bees.

    Perhaps if they perfect the “robobees” (beezinators?), they think it will be quicker to repopulate the pollinators with robobees built in their underground factories when the surface does return to a habitable state.

    There is overwhelming evidence that we are on the verge of a mini ice age way more severe than the Dalton Minimum (snowed all year round in the Northern Hemisphere and millions starved). Allthe efforts to “cool” the planet from “global warming” could just be attempts to accelerate the process and wipe out even more of us “useless eaters” than might otherwise survive.

    Whatever the case, the idea that humans can best Nature is not only mistaken, it is full on insane (“full goose bozo,” as Robin Williams would say).

    Maybe they will even have nerve agent stingers to eliminate unwanted people, like say a corrupt ex-Russian double agent?

    1. There is scientific data that points to us arriving NOW at the onset of the next 100,000-year-long Ice Age: the Vostok Ice Core data from Antarctica. In the below article, go halfway-down to the graph below the subti tle [hah!] “Orbital Variations”:
      newscientist.com/article/dn11659-climate-myths-ice-cores-show-co2-increases-lag-behind-temperature-rises-disproving-the-link-to-global-warming/

      Note that the graph encompasses four complete glacial cycles: roughly 100,000-year-long glaciation periods and 10,000-year-long “Interglacial Periods.” (These are sometimes called Milankovitch Cycles.) Observe that this is Much More a glaciated planet than a relatively ice-free planet.

      Note also that Earth is at – or slightly past the end – of the last Interglacial Period (on average). From this data, we should be slowly-entering a 100,000-year-long glaciated period at any time (geologically speaking).

      Ironically, any man-made warming will simply count towards delaying the next 100,000-year-long Ice Age.

  7. This reminds me of a science fiction novel I read years ago Crisis On Cerbus it dealt with bees and control of the food supply on a alien planet. If you could track down the novel I think you would find it quite relevant to today post. I don’t remember the author but I know it was published by Ace books in paperback.

  8. Famine is an excellent, plausibly deniable method of culling unwanted masses.
    Where I live, you often see semi trucks hauling hives from one location to another, there are still honey bees and other pollinators aplenty and local honey to be had.
    It is my suspicion that Agenda 2030 intends to change that, among other things.

    1. Imagine what this will do to the birds and bats who feed on bugs. I can’t imagine that it will be good for them to eat robotic insects. Will they be able to tell the difference.

      Can I sue Walmart for the increase in my local bug population that results from the loss of a whole of the natural system them maintains the bug balance?

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