We humans like to think we’re pretty good at design and technology – but we often forget that Mother Nature had a head start of 3.6 million years. Now, the way that geckoes climb walls, or hummingbirds hover, is at the centre of a burgeoning industry: biomimicry, the science of “reverse-engineering” clever ideas from the natural world. 1
The above quote is from an article entitled, Biomimicry: why the world is full of intelligent design. Although this is a popular press item, there is the typical anthropomorphism applied to nature (i.e., mother nature). The 3.6 million years suggestion is a bit odd as well. Regardless, the article is interesting when considered from an ID perspective.
If a system is more advanced than anything we have developed, and requires reverse engineering principles in order to determine how it works, then it is likely the product of an intelligent designer. Whether or not you agree with that statement, one can see where a focus on replicating aspects of biological designs for improving our lives can be of great technological benefit. I’d like to see a lot more research money going to this type of work than to those who wish to construct fairy tales about natural history.
Several interesting applications are outlined in the article.