Essentially it is genetic recoding and embryotic designing which is to accredit for this new development. More importantly, it’s the minds behind the University of Vermont, Tufts University, and Wyss Institute at Harvard that have culminated this new species. Their findings have been published in scientific journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”. They have dubbed this new species that they developed as “soft robots”. This is the first essential robot that has been developed from soft tissue and are completely programmable.
No, they are not looking into human embryos, but that of Frogs as the science develops. These first batch of “soft robots” are also called xenobots. They are designed and programmed from frog embryos and mapped with computer algorithms for them to follow with precision. Even though the embryos are only 1 millimeter in size, they can move towards targets, amongst other programmable features which have not been fully disclosed. In a press-statement, Joshua Bongard, one of the computer scientists on the team stated that “They’re’ neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal. It’s a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism.”
Cellular communication is one of the tasks researchers and scientists are left to uncover with the help of these xenobots. The possibilities of the xenobots are endless from drug delivery to greener environment cleanup strategies. The xenobots are not only able to execute commands and programs successfully, but they are also capable of self-renewing. The ecological advantages is that these types of robots do not use the traditional steel, chemicals, plastics, or other such non-biodegradable products for it to be functional. The name xenobot come from where the researchers used the embryos, which is from an African clawed frog. The frog’s scientific name is Xenopus laevis. The combination of the heart and skin cells, the team were able to get the cells to merge together which allowed for locomotion and structure.
While these xenobots are extraordinary, they cannot exist or perform any task without the aid of a computer algorithm. They are solely dependent on the algorithm to determine what they do and how they function.
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