Promising A Greater Future & An Explicit Past
Since forever, humans were convinced that, life is something to be shared exclusively amongst living organisms. Life in inanimate devices was unimaginable for many. A scientific breakthrough that was just announced last year, has a potential that can shift the perspective about life. According to the groundbreaking discovery, artificial life is possible.
Biologists from Tufts University and Computer scientists from Vermont University, created living robots called Xenobots from African clawed frog embryos. The scientists reported, steam cells from these frogs’ embryos were first harvested and were left to hatch. They were then remodeled based on a computer simulation program
Joshua Bongard, a robotics specialist and one of the Xenobots researchers stated, “a Xenobot is neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal. It’s a living programmable organism”. These programmable organisms, according to reports of findings, were capable of operating based on the essence of life. Unlike the conventional robots, Xenobots are alive. The self-directing living machines are able to move, swim, carry matter and heal themselves during injuries.
Initially, the Xenobots were just less than a millimeter in size and could only survive for 10 days. After advancing their experimentation, the scientists unveiled a new generation of Xenobots capable of surviving for months on a life-sustaining nutritional solution. The new versions of micro-robots were repurposed to move substances, work in groups and keep track of memories.
Scientists are predicting that Xenobots will become more advanced in the future, with variety of applications in environmental issues and medical procedures. According to them, living micro-robots will soon be designed to deliver medications to precise illness spots within the human body, clean hazardous chemicals from the environment and gather micro-plastic wastes from oceans. Furthermore, Xenobot experts believe that these live micro-machines may be upgraded and designed to support human redesign, ensuring optimal natural selection.
What’s more, Xenobots successors are relied upon to provide solid comprehension about the evolution process of multicellular organisms. As these artificial intelligence organisms can execute billions of years of evolutions within a brief time frame work, they could be the answer for the long-debated quest of our origin and process of evolution.