Team From UVM Builds the First Living Robots

Team From UVM Builds the First Living Robots

Publication Title
The University of Vermont
Publication/Creation Date
January 13 2020
Joshua E. Brown (creator)
Tufts University (contributor)
Joshua Bongard (contributor)
Michael Levin (contributor)
Sam Kriegman (contributor)
Douglas Blackiston (contributor)
Media Type
Press Release
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A team of scientists has repurposed living cells—scraped from frog embryos—and assembled them into entirely new life-forms. These millimeter-wide "xenobots" can move toward a target, perhaps pick up a payload (like a medicine that needs to be carried to a specific place inside a patient)—and heal themselves after being cut.

"These are novel living machines," says Joshua Bongard, a computer scientist and robotics expert at the University of Vermont who co-led the new research. "They're neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal. It's a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism."

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Location on Body
Not On The Body
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Date archived
January 16 2020
Last edited
January 16 2020
How to cite this entry
Joshua E. Brown. (January 13 2020). "Team From UVM Builds the First Living Robots". The University of Vermont. University of Vermont. Fabric of Digital Life.