Robots are no longer mere machines: These Xenobots can reproduce

Robots are no longer mere machines: These Xenobots can reproduce

Xenobots: Robots are no longer mere machines. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has made it possible to make major breakthroughs for the benefit of the human species.

Science has come a long way. It keeps exploring the possibilities and options available.
The world of robots is however relatively new. Since 1954, the Unimate we have covered a long distance.

The modern robotics industry has come up with AI-enabled robots that can walk, swim, and communicate.

Not only this, these robots are even able to replicate themselves. As per new research, living robots can biologically replicate themselves in a unique way.

The discovery was made by the scientists who made the first living robots, called Xenobots.

These were made from frog cells in 2020. These are tiny computer-designed robots that can swim to find and gather new single cells around them.

Robots can replicate now

Moreover, these parent Xenobots assemble the baby robots inside their mouths. Later, the new robots soon grow up to look and move like their parent robots. Thereafter, the replicating process continues over generations of Xenobots.

The results of this new research were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

As per the University of Vermont, the embryonic cells used in Xenobots would develop into the skin in the Xenopus laevis frog.

Scientists using the full, unaltered frog genome worked to make self-replicating copies of these very frogs.

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Basically, these are frog cells replicating in a way that is very different from how frogs do it.

No animal or plant known to science replicates in this way, so one can say this is a major breakthrough in robotics.

Experts believe that this new discovery of self-replicating robots will play a major role in developing an understanding of regenerative medicine. It will also help speed up solutions based on Artificial Intelligence.

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