10 December 2021
News this month is that robotics experts have created a drone with legs that can land and grasp like a bird … inspired by peregrines!
Does this bird-like drone indicate that “Birds Aren’t Real” is true? After all, “Birds Aren’t Real” is a …
Gen Z-fueled conspiracy theory which posits that birds don’t exist and are really drone replicas installed by the U.S. government to spy on Americans.— New York Times: Birds Aren’t Real, or Are They: Inside a Gen Z Conspiracy Theory
Perhaps the leggy drone is the missing evolutionary link between drones and all the “birds.”
Nope. “Birds Aren’t Real is a parody social movement with a purpose” and Pittsburgh is one of its hotspots. Please do read this New York Times article so you can understand those billboards!
Curious about the drone? Read more here: This drone has legs: Watch a flying robot perch on branches, catch a tennis ball in midair.
(screenshot of drone from Science Magazine video, photo of billboard from Wikimedia Commons; click on the captions to see the originals)