Rise of the BIOHYBRID MACHINES: Robots part HUMAN part ANDROID on the way

Thursday, December 7, 2017
By Paul Martin

BIOHYBRID robots that have human-like features such as cells and bacteria are on the way, scientists have claimed.

Thu, Dec 7, 2017

Many envision a future of cyborgs – humans that have been fitted with technology to become part man, part machine.

However, before then there will be biohybrid robots which are robots which take on human features.

Biohybrid robots could be fitted with muscle cells to help them perform subtle manoeuvres and the tiniest of biohybrid androids could be fitted with bacteria to help fight viruses and diseases.

A review of the sector published in Science Robotics states the field of robots is entering a “deep revolution in both the design principles and constitutive elements”.

Lead author Leonardo Ricotti, of the BioRobotics Institute at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, in Pisa, Italy, told Live Science: “You can consider this the counterpart of cyborg-related concepts.

“In this view, we exploit the functions of living cells in artificial robots to optimise their performances.”

If robots on a microscopic scale – nanobots – can be fine tuned using muscle cells or carrying beneficial, they will be able to explore the human body and help to cure ailments in a specific part of the body, such as cancerous cells.

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