Scientists and roboticists have combined artificial intelligence and biology to produce a new lifeform called xenobots.
Described as neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal, these new class of artifact are living programmable organisms.
Created from frog cells and living for up to 10 days, xenobots can propel themselves, join together to act collaboratively, and move small objects.
These self-healing "programmable living robots" can be configured into different forms and shapes and "programmed" to seek certain objects.
Scientists speculate that they could be used to clean up ocean pollution by collecting microplastics, or scavenge toxins or radioactive materials, or carry drugs into human bodies.
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