The world’s first living robots, known as xenobots, have learned how to self-replicate, according to the scientists who developed them.
The answer might just be yes if these scientists are to be believed. They say they have created the first “living robots” from frog cells that can reproduce.
The researchers from the universities of Vermont, Tufts, and Harvard made the living robots by removing and incubating living stem cells from frog embryos.
Xenobots — which are designed by computers and created by hand from the stem cell of the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis, where its name is derived — were introduced to the world in 2020.
Now, experts have found that xenobots — which are blob-like in appearance — have the capacity to reproduce in an “entirely new” way, scientists at the University of Vermont, Tufts University, and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University said Monday in a press release.
Scientists found that the xenobots are able to “gather hundreds” of single cells together and “assemble baby” organisms inside their mouths, which become new and functional xenobots within days, per the press release.