In what may be a somewhat unsettling glimpse into the future, scientists have created the world's first 'living robot.' According to a press release, the historic designation is derived from the fact that these tiny machines were fashioned using stem cells from frogs. By being built out of organic material, the robots are able to perform unique functions such as healing themselves when damaged or naturally 'expiring' upon the completion of their specific task.
"These are entirely new lifeforms. They have never before existed on Earth," declared one of the researchers behind the project, "they are living, programmable organisms." Since the cells for the robots were culled from the embryos of African clawed frogs, which are scientifically known as, Xenopus laevis, the diminutive machines have been given the appropriately futuristic-sounding name 'xenobots.' These initial creations measure less than a millimeter in length, are powered by heart cells, and can survive for around ten days.
Find out what the future may hold for these xenobots at the Coast to Coast AM website.