Scientists behind the world’s first living robots have learned that these xenobots can reproduce and generate offspring, in a discovery that they say could help to explain the origin of life on Earth.
The programmable organisms were originally created last year by researchers from the University of Vermont, Tufts University and Harvard’s Wyss Institute using stem cells sourced from embryos of the African clawed frog.
By combining these cells into different AI-optimised configurations, the scientists were able to create bots that perform different functions from walking and swimming to working together in a swarm, with their shape dictating their basic behaviour.
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