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    World's First Living Robots Can Now Reproduce, Scientists Say

    I didn't want to start a new thread for this, but there wasn't really a "random discussion" thread that I could find. Thought maybe the "So... today" but that seemed like it was to recognize the passing of folks that didn't necessarily warrant a dedicated RIP thread. So anyway, apologies if this is too narrowly focused or if I should have just started a "random discussion" thread...

    But does this scare the heck out of anyone else? Living Robots, that can reproduce? Pardon? Between biological warfare, creating advanced artificial intelligence, shooting missles at asteroids, traveling ever further away from earth and bringing back samples... it seems like we are risking inevitable irreparable harm to our species left and right.

    Why do we need living robots exactly, and why would we want them to reproduce???

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/29/ameri...scn/index.html

    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.

    Formed from the stem cells of the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) from which it takes its name, xenobots are less than a millimeter (0.04 inches) wide. The tiny blobs were first unveiled in 2020 after experiments showed that they could move, work together in groups and self-heal.
    Now the scientists that developed them at the University of Vermont, Tufts University and Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering said they have discovered an entirely new form of biological reproduction different from any animal or plant known to science."I was astounded by it," said Michael Levin, a professor of biology and director of the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University who was co-lead author of the new research."Frogs have a way of reproducing that they normally use but when you ... liberate (the cells) from the rest of the embryo and you give them a chance to figure out how to be in a new environment, not only do they figure out a new way to move, but they also figure out apparently a new way to reproduce."

    #2
    Originally posted by False1 View Post
    I didn't want to start a new thread for this, but there wasn't really a "random discussion" thread that I could find. Thought maybe the "So... today" but that seemed like it was to recognize the passing of folks that didn't necessarily warrant a dedicated RIP thread. So anyway, apologies if this is too narrowly focused or if I should have just started a "random discussion" thread...

    But does this scare the heck out of anyone else? Living Robots, that can reproduce? Pardon? Between biological warfare, creating advanced artificial intelligence, shooting missles at asteroids, traveling ever further away from earth and bringing back samples... it seems like we are risking inevitable irreparable harm to our species left and right.

    Why do we need living robots exactly, and why would we want them to reproduce???

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/29/ameri...scn/index.html

    And why is it a good use of money?
    Polite Red Sox fan

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      #3
      Originally posted by HfxBob View Post

      And why is it a good use of money?
      I mean, there are tons of potential applications. The article mentions:

      However, this combination of molecular biology and artificial intelligence could potentially be used in a host of tasks in the body and the environment, according to the researchers. This may include things like collecting microplastics in the oceans, inspecting root systems and regenerative medicine.

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        #4
        When you read the header on your phone, it says:

        World's First Living Robots Can Now Reproduce, Scientists Say by False1

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          #5
          Skynet?
          Baseball is life;
          the rest is just details.

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            #6
            I read this story in various versions when I was a kid. I don't think it turns out well for us.
            History is our lessons to learn good things to do and bad things to not do.
            - MTG

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              #7
              Originally posted by YFIB View Post

              I mean, there are tons of potential applications. The article mentions:
              "This may include things like collecting microplastics in the oceans... which they turn into ray guns and conquer their human overlords."

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                #8
                Originally posted by philleotardo View Post
                When you read the header on your phone, it says:

                World's First Living Robots Can Now Reproduce, Scientists Say by False1
                LOL, maybe the living and reproducing robot AI is tagging this to me so that when the time is nigh I'm marked for their vengeance.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by JL25and3 View Post
                  I read this story in various versions when I was a kid. I don't think it turns out well for us.
                  You’re a various version.
                  Bring tea for the Tillerman; Steak for the son; Wine for the woman
                  who made the rain come; Seagulls sing your hearts away;
                  'Cause while the sinners sin, the children play ...

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by ajra21 View Post

                    You’re a various version.
                    Imaginative. I like it.
                    History is our lessons to learn good things to do and bad things to not do.
                    - MTG

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                      #11
                      Variety is the spice of life, they say.
                      Bring tea for the Tillerman; Steak for the son; Wine for the woman
                      who made the rain come; Seagulls sing your hearts away;
                      'Cause while the sinners sin, the children play ...

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by ajra21 View Post
                        Variety is the spice of life, they say.
                        Yeah, but the robot porn is not going to be very good.

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                          #13
                          Depends on the plot, I suppose.
                          Bring tea for the Tillerman; Steak for the son; Wine for the woman
                          who made the rain come; Seagulls sing your hearts away;
                          'Cause while the sinners sin, the children play ...

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