Xenobot - World's 1st Living Robots | Simple Explanation
Can robots give birth to other robots?
We think that Robots or AI have been developed to help Humanity. They are built to work for humans. Many Scientists predicted that AI will one day enslave Humanity. This has started to happen. Due to AI, many humans have lost their jobs.
But now they have developed a new Robot called Xenobot. They also say that the Xenobot is a living Robot. These Xenobots can perform Self-replication.
We will discuss the details in this post.
In 2020 The World was in Lockdown due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. The Scientists from Tufts and Vermont universities were researching for a long time. Their research was to develop an AI.
A Self Aware Robot will replace Humans in work. Now the Scientists from Universities created AI with living cells. They are synthetic Lifeforms. They wanted to give their AI a Shape. They selected a Frog which is Xenopus Laevis which is from the African Region. The Scientists take the Stem Cells from this frog.
What are Stem Cells?
Stem Cells are Specialized Cells. The Stem Cells can Replicate. They also retrieve Heart cells and Skin Cells. They have retrieved nearly 1000 to 3000 Cells. They combine these cells to create a structure.
They have retrieved these Living cells and used many combinations. The Skin cells create skin and heart cells that can Shrink and expand. When they combined the Skin and Heart cells they created a Structure. Using the Structure they can make these cells walk. Using the Heart cells they can make the Living Robot move. They conducted research and they needed Evolutionary Algorithms. They ran this algorithm through a supercomputer. They have tried to create many shapes which were in Billion in numbers. Shaping an AI is no easy process.
They line the skin cells and insert the heart cells. This will result in the movement of the cells. So they have tried various combinations with Skin and Heart Cells. After conducting various tests they have confirmed a shape and created a Living Robot. They named it Xenobots.
When Scientists change the combination the Xenobot can move in various directions. The Xenobots can move and can heal themselves. This is a major discovery. This news hit the media and became a Hot topic.
The Xenobots are not robots nor Living Organisms. They are Living robots. It can heal itself because of the Stem Cells. The Xenobot movements have been structured by Scientists. In 2020 they will create the Prototype.
In 2021, the Xenobots are able to Self-Replicate.
How does this work?
We can easily modify a Robot’s physical structure. We can de-assemble robot parts and fit them into another Robot. The spare parts from other robots can be used on other robots.
The Xenobot takes its Loose cells and stores them in one place. When other cells are brought to this place a new Xenobot is created. This is how the Xenobot self-replicates. For the Xenobots to work it needs a specialized Environment.
Did the Scientists stop their research here?
No. There are no known issues with the Xenobots. But the Scientists are thinking of giving memory to these Xenobots. They are thinking of using Fluorescent reporter Proteins. These Proteins are an array of excitation and Emission Spectra. They are thinking of giving this Xenobot a Molecular memory.
The issue starts with this Molecular memory in the Xenobot. There Is a term called Emergent Behaviour. If the Cells from a human body have been separated the cells cannot do anything individually. When the Cells are in groups their work level increases. It can start to think. It will have memory power and it can make decisions on its own. This is called Emergent Behaviour.
The Xenabot one day will attain Emergent Behaviour. The Xenobot is very small in size. It may be 1 Millimeter. So if we place three or four Xenobots they will join and start to work. The Command will be to travel in a straight line. But the Xenobot will go in the straight line and come back. This is due to its Emergent Behaviour. The Xenobots can evolve in the coming years.
Where are we going to use the Xenobots?
They say that the Xenobots will be used to remove the MicroPlastics in the Water. The Xenobot shape may be round and a whole in the centre. In the Center, they will place medicine and inject the Xenobot inside the human body. If the human body has internal injuries the Xenobot will recognize it and place the Medicine in the correct place of the human body.
The Xenobots may be used for medical treatments. They can also be used to identify Radioactive Elements. But all this is a Theory level.
What is the lifetime of these Xenobots?
The Xenobots can live from 7 to 10 days. Self-replication takes place only once. The Self-replicated Xenobot cannot replicate due to its weaker state. Scientists say that in the future the Xenobots may be able to replicate up to Five Generations. They also say that the Lifetime of Xenobots can be increased up to One Month.
The Xenobots evolution is taking place. We are witnessing the World’s first Living Robot. The Xenobot has animal behaviour that can be programmed. But the Xenobots don't have genetically modified cells.
Suppose if Scientists want to use Genetically Modified Cells in the Xenobot. We don't know what will happen next.
In the Emergent behaviour, the Xenobot join together and work. They will communicate with one another. This happened in the human body and is happening right now.
The Xenobot has been created using the Skin and Heart Cells. In the next research, they are going to use Nerve and Brain cells. They are going to create Xenobot 3.0.
How will the Xenobot react?
What development will it show?
What work will it do?
We have to leave this to science. If you split the Xenobot into Two, it will try to heal itself. The healing property is in the Xenobot.
This news is shocking, amazing and it is a warning. Scientists say that the Xenobot needs a Specialized Environment to survive. They also say that the Xenobot is no threat.
The Coronavirus Needed an Environment. Then they said that the Virus escaped through a Lab Leak. If the Xenobot manages to escape the lab and adapts to the Environment. This is game over for Humankind.
If this specialized Environment is created and if the Xenobots manage to Evolve.
What will humanity do?
Anything can happen in Science. Xenobots have been created using Frog cells.
What will happen if they take the human cells to create Xenobots?
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