A Drone With Bird Legs … So Birds Aren’t Real?

Bird-like legs of the SNAG robot (screenshot from Science Magazine video)

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
Birds Aren’t Real billboard in Memphis, with birds on it (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

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)

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