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These researchers paired biology with artificial intelligence to create the worlds first living robots.
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Measuring less than a millimeter wide, these micro-machines are programmable lifeforms that researchers from the University of Vermont and Tufts University believe could one day help clean microplastics from our oceans or even repair organs inside our bodies.

But what exactly is a living robot?! And should we expect to see them whizzing through our bloodstreams any time soon?

By pairing stem cells harvested from the embryos of the African Clawed frog with a sophisticated computer algorithm, researchers generated a blueprint design that allowed the team to build the brand new form of life known as xenobots.

If scaled up, xenobots could be used for regenerative medicine like repairing organs or growing body parts for transplant from the ground up. They could be created using a patients own cells, then inserted into their bloodstream and programmed to clear the plaque from clogged arteries or to detect cancer.

And the xenobots applications arent just limited to the medical field. The team also envisions assigning individual tasks to a swarm of xenobots so they can collect microplastics from the ocean or search for and collect radioactive contaminants.

But what are the ethical implications of creating a totally new form of life?

Find out more about how these living xenobots came to be and what their existence could mean for the future of humanity in this Elements.

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Read More:
A scalable pipeline for designing reconfigurable organisms
https://www.pnas.org/content/117/4/1853
"Most technologies are made from steel, concrete, chemicals, and plastics, which degrade over time and can produce harmful ecological and health side effects."

Computer-Designed Organisms
https://cdorgs.github.io/
"A scalable pipeline for creating functional novel lifeforms (Xenobots)."

AI-Designed 'Living Robots' Crawl, Heal Themselves
https://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/devices/aidesigned-living-robots-crawl-heal-themselves
"Biological organisms have certain useful attributes that synthetic robots do not, such as the abilities to heal, adapt to new situations, and reproduce."
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