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Scientists reveal world's first living robots


Posted on Tuesday, 14 January, 2020 | Comment icon 63 comments

Is this the future of robotics ? Image Credit: Douglas Blackiston / Tufts University / University of Vermont
Researchers have succeeded in creating robots that are made from live animal cells instead of metal and plastic.
This remarkable achievement comes courtesy of roboticists in the United States who used the skin and heart cells of African clawed frogs to produce robots capable of moving around all on their own.

"These are entirely new lifeforms," said Michael Levin from the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. "They are living, programmable organisms."

Measuring less than 1mm in length, these tiny robots are based on designs produced by a supercomputer which churned out and tested hundreds of possible 3D configurations.

"The aim is to understand the software of life," said Levin.
"If you think about birth defects, cancer, age-related diseases, all of these things could be solved if we knew how to make biological structures, to have ultimate control over growth and form."

While the potential scientific and medical benefits of the research are clear, some scientists have raised questions about the ethics of working with what are essentially new life forms.

"At what point would they become beings with interests that ought to be protected ?" said Thomas Douglas from the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.

"I think they'd acquire moral significance only if they included neural tissue that enabled some kind of mental life, such as the ability to experience pain."


Source: The Guardian | Comments (63)

Tags: Robots

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #54 Posted by Nuclear Wessel on 15 January, 2020, 21:28
Who hurt you?
Comment icon #55 Posted by moonman on 15 January, 2020, 21:30
People being stupid and posting moronic things, lately. Pseudo-intellectual snowflakes that talk down to and try to analyze me p*** me off like no other.
Comment icon #56 Posted by spartan max2 on 15 January, 2020, 21:36
Everyone's getting so angry in this thread  lol.
Comment icon #57 Posted by rashore on 15 January, 2020, 21:54
Ok folks, cool your collars and knock it off with the bickering and talking about each other.. Discuss the OP topic in a civil manner.
Comment icon #58 Posted by Manwon Lender on 15 January, 2020, 23:10
That certainly depends upon the content being discussed. When it comes to the topic at hand no opinion is being expressed by me. Only the facts according to the OPs link and some additional reading I have done on the subject since it was brought to my attention in this thread. Peace
Comment icon #59 Posted by razman on 17 January, 2020, 3:30
They're gonna grow and take over the world!!!!!!!!!
Comment icon #60 Posted by XenoFish on 19 January, 2020, 11:19
With stuff like this, cloning, 3d printed organs. The future is biomechanical. 
Comment icon #61 Posted by curiouse on 26 January, 2020, 22:45
THIS IS ****ED UP. 
Comment icon #62 Posted by spartan max2 on 26 January, 2020, 23:00
?
Comment icon #63 Posted by spartan max2 on 26 January, 2020, 23:02
People often say the next stage of evolution is people making robots that will outlive humans. But I have also suspected that the next stage is humans slowly turning themselves into robots.


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