54. What Insects Could Teach Humans (and Robots) About 3D Vision

Humans take 3D vision for granted–we don’t stop to gauge the distance of a cup of chai on the table before reaching out for it. It is a complicated process that requires highly-developed neural networks. Or does it? Scientists have found several animals, including insects, use 3D vision without brains as large as ours. Studying these creatures and their behaviour can help humans better design vision systems for our own kind and for the robots we build.

On this episode, Padma and Samanth deep-dive into the fascinating phenomenon of 3D vision in the insect kingdom.

Music: Josh Woodward