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Friday, December 03, 2021

Robots Reproducing

 In what specific sense, we ask.  

Living Robots Can Now Reproduce, Scientists Say

CNN, Katie Hunt, November 29, 2021

Researchers at the University of Vermont, Tufts University, and Harvard University discovered that the living robots they developed last year from the stem cells of the African clawed frog are able to reproduce. University of Vermont's Josh Bongard said the xenobots reproduce using kinetic replication, which has never been seen before at the scale of whole cells or organisms. The researchers used a supercomputer and artificial intelligence (AI) to determine the C-shape that would make the xenobots more effective at kinetic replication. Bongard said the AI came up “with this Pac-Man shape” of the xenobots, which “influences how the xenobots behave to amplify this incredibly surprising process."

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