The research published in Nature Machine Intelligence shows that a wide range of organisms, including microbes, perform similar movements to sense their surroundings. This behavior, known as mode-switching, has implications for cognition and robotics. The study found that even organisms without a nervous system, such as amoeba, exhibit behavior similar to humans and fish. The team created a model that simulates these sensing behaviors and found that the same behavior is observed in other organisms, including moths, cockroaches, bats, mice, and humans. The findings could be used to improve search and rescue drones, space rovers, and other autonomous robots.