Thread: First living robots

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    An article, which I must confess, creeped me out a little when I first read it and watched the video!

    Scientists use stem cells from frogs to build first living robots

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/...-living-robots


    Any thoughts?

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    Thanks for sharing the article, Aloka.

    It was just a matter of time before biological organisms were more purposefully constructed by bioengineering experimenters. I was surprised, yet still amazed that it took this long to do so. Nanobots, robots only nanometers in size have been on the engineering schedule for years as there is a need for robotics to be able to complete surgeries on the cellular and molecular level. Recommend you review: https://www.springeropen.com/p/engin...RoC64UQAvD_BwE

    Once engineering gains insight into molecular sized robotics (nanobots), biological mechanisms are almost a given path of research. What has been achieved here is biological robotics on a macromolecular level suitable only for larger scale manipulations. Still amazing!

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    The genie is out of the bottle. There will be no going back now. Development will continue, and as results are published, more institutions in many countries will take it up.

    At this stage, the bots are not true living creatures, but there will come a stage when they may well be.

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    They are organic machines and as such are merely constructs made of a different materiel. Where I would react with horror is if they made my laptop work using brain cells for processing information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philg View Post
    … "Where I would react with horror is if they made my laptop work using brain cells for processing information."
    Too late, philg!

    NASA employed computers with human brain cells back in the 1950's and 60's: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/news/20...rs-were-human/

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    Took me a few seconds, but pretty funny. The scary part there were the onboard computers which had about the computing power of the cheapest school calculators today.

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