When it comes to mating, the look and the smell of their potential partner are important for Heliconius butterflies. Despite having small brains, they have to process both sensory inputs simultaneously. They are better at multi-sensory decision-making than current AI technologies, which require significant energy consumption to achieve similar results.

To close this gap, a team of researchers from Penn State has developed a more advanced and energy-efficient multi-sensory AI platform. This breakthrough could be a game-changer for robotics and smart sensors in detecting potential dangers like faulty structures or chemical leaks.

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