‘100 Percent Frog DNA’: Scientists Tout Creation of First-Ever ‘Living’ Robots

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  1. EC

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    What could go wrong??


    He added that the “xenobots” could be used for implementing a whole array of tasks, including “searching out nasty compounds or radioactive contamination, gathering micro-plastic in the oceans, [and] travelling in arteries to scrape out plaque”...or merely just killing you. Enjoy your brain eating.

    Haven't you figured out, there's too many of you on the planet yet?

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    ‘100 Percent Frog DNA’: Scientists Tout Creation of First-Ever ‘Living’ Robots

    14.01.2020(updated 14:42 14.01.2020)

    Some scientists have already questioned whether these organic robots can be called “living”, given that they have no reproductive organs and are unable to multiply.

    A group of US researchers has created what they say are the first-ever living robots, which were made of frog embryos’ cells and can be programmed for a specific job, according to their study published by the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.



    Joshua Bongard, the University of Vermont expert who co-led the new research, described the robots as “the novel living machines”, also known as “xenobots”.

    “They’re neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal. It’s a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism”, Bongard pointed out.

    The “xenobots” created by the researchers are sub-millimetre-sized blobs containing between 500 and 1,000 cells that are able to scoot across a Petri dish, self-organise, and even transport minute payloads.

    All this was designed with the help of a supercomputer that actually assembled hundreds of living cells in various configurations. After the scientists set up the desired mode, the algorithm created “projects” of creatures that could best cope with the task.

    "You look at the cells we've been building our xenobots with, and, genomically, they're frogs. It's 100 percent frog DNA - but these are not frogs. […] As we've shown, these frog cells can be coaxed to make interesting living forms that are completely different from what their default anatomy would be”, biologist Michael Levin of Tufts University, another co-author of the study, explained.
    "As we've shown, these frog cells can be coaxed to make interesting living forms that are completely different from what their default anatomy would be."

    He added that the “xenobots” could be used for implementing a whole array of tasks, including “searching out nasty compounds or radioactive contamination, gathering micro-plastic in the oceans, [and] travelling in arteries to scrape out plaque”.

    It is worth mentioning in this regard that the "living" xenobots can neither evolve on their own nor multiply, according to the study. When the cells run out of nutrients, the xenobots simply die.
    https://sputniknews.com/science/202...ts-tout-creation-of-first-ever-living-robots/
     
  2. xbokilla

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    Maybe they’ll look like this??
     
  3. EC

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    Or like this...

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  4. I am reminded of a quote from the 1st Jurassic Park Movie - "Life will find a way" I think they used frog DNA also.
     
  5. EC

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    Yeah. Same lot and type of people who told us killer bees would be contained, Thalidomide was good for pregnant women, all the oil would be used up by 2000, the ice caps would be gone in 2013, etc, etc.
     
  6. Capttrae

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    There’s literally like 5 movies showing how bad of an idea this is
     
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  7. kyhunter99

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    Probably in the kitchen Ky
    Life finds a way, have we learned NOTHING from that one line in jurassic park?!

    And all the problems these xenobots are being pitched to "fix" are problems we created in the first place. Ugh, humans so smart they're stupid.
     

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