Scientists have developed the world’s first living robots, bringing us closer to a science fiction future

As if autonomous robots weren’t enough, scientists have just unveiled the world’s first living robots. Wondering what living robots are? Living robots are essentially artificially created organisms that can reproduce and make more copies of themselves. And no, they are not just clones that replicate themselves.

They actually produce. Researchers have found that these living robots can start with single cells and build them up to become closer to the mother robot. Within a few days, these “offspring” even begin to look like their parents. This is a groundbreaking discovery that has significant implications for the medical world and beyond.

New Xenobots are world's first living robots

What are ‘living robots’?

Called a Xenobot, the organism is made of organic materials rather than the usual metal robots we’ve seen in popular media. However, a swarm of nanobots is very similar to what these xenobots can achieve. But don’t worry, most of these robots are used to remove microplastics and administer particular medicines. These are just some of the possible applications for these xenobots. The researchers also said, “If we could figure out how to make collections of cells do what we want them to do, that would ultimately be regenerative medicine – that’s the solution to traumatic injury, birth defects, cancer, and aging. All these problems exist because we don’t know how to predict and control which groups of cells will form. Xenobots are a new platform to teach us that.”

In terms of new medical technologies, these xenobots could change the way we look at modern medicine in drug delivery and monitoring. It could also speed up the recovery of injured people and others. The applications for this type of technology are endless, and the future looks quite strange and unique.

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