Scientists Design and Create the World's First Living Robots

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 14:06

Scientists at the University of Vermont have created what they claim are the world's first living robots.

According to the Sky News report, the "entirely new life forms", known as xenobots, have been made using stem cells from frog embryos and have been designed to one day be used in medicine and underwater research.

It is hoped that the millimeter-wide bots could swim around human bodies to reach specific areas requiring medicine, and be used to gather microplastics in the ocean.

But one potential feature very befitting of a T-800 is their ability to self-heal, which the team in Vermont believes will develop thanks to their biological tissues.

Joshua Bongard, a computer scientist and robotics expert who co-led the breakthrough, explained: "These are novel living machines. They're neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal. It's a new class of artefact: a living, programmable organism."

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