Things are not very hard if we change our perspective of looking at them, everything is present in the nature and it requires keen observation to look at them and learn from the laws of nature. Scientists have in the past made many discoveries by observing the laws of nature in its deepest form and formulated theories which would encapsulate that law and help mankind in some form or another with the discovery. Ant Colonies are the finest depiction of organizational hierarchy and how as a unit they can do a momentous task for them very easily which otherwise alone they will not be able to pull off. This depiction from the nature is what scientists are trying to inculcate in scientific theories and build automation systems which would respond to a host computer and by themselves they perform tasks effectively as the ants do. The automation system should also be capable of taking decisions of their own and together coordinate to perform heavy tasks same as the ants do. The amazing part is that these small creatures despite of building long chains and hierarchal organization never collide with each other, so scientists are trying to build the automated systems which are capable of doing their work together yet nobody comes in the path of each other. This will help solve complex structures in logistics and other companies solve without human effort.
Butterflies have the unique ability to communicate with each other on the flight, this feature researchers and scientist try to introduce in the automated industries where they want their systems to communicate while working and yet do not come in the path of each other and themselves take decisions to avoid collisions and perform tasks. Lizards have a tongue which can grasp different sized creatures in one go, this unique feature of lizard can be utilized where they want to create a system which can grasp different sized objects in one go, it will help them in removing large amounts of dust by engulfing it, this is one application which we could think of, there can be many. The automation reduces human effort and increases output tremendously. This has in turn allowed people to be more efficient in terms of their productivity and output and is also the way to the innovation and it is this quest of man which has actually brought us where we are today.