It’s always amazing how we study other successes in order to create a template for more success. You would think that in general, this would mostly apply to technology and business models and the like. That’s what makes this article so interesting; it shows how mother nature really got a lot right before we ever managed to put a wheel on the ground. By studying the efficient locomotion of insects, researchers and technicians are increasing in their ability to create machines that traverse the ground on legs. Is this bringing us closer to the creation of full automatons? Artificial intelligence? It is probably unlikely that those particular steps are just around the corner based solely on the research mentioned in this article. However, one can’t help but wonder how much of this exact research – and method of research – will play into the future of synthetic organisms.