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Monday, November 29, 2021

(CNN)The US scientists who created the first living robots say the life forms, known as xenobots, can now reproduce -- and in a way not seen in plants and animals.

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Interesting research, but no, we don't have living, reproducing robots
arstechnica.com

...Don't believe the hype"this isn't reproduction or replication.

Scientists on Monday announced that they'd optimized a way of getting mobile clusters of cells to organize other cells into smaller clusters that, under the right conditions, could be mobile themselves. The researchers call this process "kinematic self-replication," although that's not entirely right"the copies need help from humans to start moving on their own, are smaller than the originals, and the copying process grinds to a halt after just a couple of cycles.

So, of course, CNN headlined its coverage "World's first living robots can now reproduce."

This is a case when something genuinely interesting is going on, but both the scientists and some of the coverage of the developments are promoting it as far more than it actually is. So, let's take a look at what's really been done....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-11-29 08:52 PM | Reply

Lampy, it's CNN. Next you will go with WMD's in Iraq or RussiaGate for 4 years with no evidence.

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-11-29 09:00 PM | Reply

#1 Also, exactly what I would expect to hear from a xenobot.

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-11-29 09:02 PM | Reply

#2 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT

Did you know Putin prefers sex with young boys?

#4 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-11-29 09:42 PM | Reply

Nuts and bolts

#5 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-11-30 04:42 AM | Reply

Check out the movie "Ex Machina"
on Netflix.

#6 | Posted by shane at 2021-12-01 07:58 PM | Reply

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