We’ve seen a variety of robots doing complex jobs as researchers and scientists continue to develop in robotics. Boston Dynamics’ robots have assisted police in solving crimes, monitoring nuclear reactors, and even dancing to catchy melodies. Researchers have now created the new robot that could reproduce naturally and generate kids. It’s right, you read that correctly. To make its “children,” the new kind of robot employs a revolutionary sort of biological self-replication.
These robots, dubbed Xenobots, were recently described in the Published Journal of Sciences in a scientific study. According to the paper’s authors, Xenobots may collect 100s of cells and combine them into “baby” Xenobots that develop and begin their lives after just a few days.
“For a long time, people have believed that we’ve figured out all the methods that life may reproduce or duplicate. “However, this is something that has never been seen before,” Douglas Blackiston, one of the study’s co-authors, said in a statement.
How do Xenobots reproduce now? The millimeter-wide bots, it turns out, are made from live cells taken from frog embryos. As a result, the non-living Xenobots gain reproductive capacities thanks to frog cells. Despite the fact that a Xenobot may produce progeny on its own, the machine dies shortly thereafter. As a result, the researchers resorted to artificial intelligence to assist Xenobot parents in seeing their offspring grow up (AI).
The researchers utilised an optimization approach to analyse billions of body forms in order to determine which one was the most successful for self-replication. The researchers identified a Pac-man-like body type that can condense stem cells into a donut shaped “baby” Xenobot using its “mouth.”
When it comes to the new discovery’s application, the researchers remain optimistic, even though the technology may be utilised to produce swarms of self-replicating robots capable of destroying humans! That, though, is a long shot. Nonetheless, the researchers think their method may assist other technologies, such as living machines, in cleaning up microplastics and developing regenerative medicine. The options are almost limitless.