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Scientists have already created fleshy “bio-bots” made of living cells which can wriggle and walk.
And now two University of Oxford biomedical researchers claim that humanoid robots could help create muscle and tendon grafts that actually work.
Their findings, published in journal Science Robotics, claim that the technology is already in place to start harvesting muscles and tissue on human-like machines.
But traditional tissue growth methods “fail to mimic the real mechanical environment for cells” which is necessary to ensure they are robust enough to work with human joints, claim Pierre-Alexis Mouthuy and Andrew Carr.
Instead, we need a robot with “structures, dimensions, and mechanics similar to those of the human body”.
The “humanoid-bioreactor system” could look similar to the Kenshiro Robot, made by the University of Tokyo.
originally posted by: Ohanka
Well, that's another 2 weeks of night terrors for me.
The research seems all well and good given it's goals, but couldn't they make it less evil looking? Christ.
This does make me think as well that one day in the not too distant future they'll be robots walking around and you won't even be able to tell the difference except on close inspection. Scary thought.
An echoborg is composed of a human whose words (and potentially motor actions) are entirely or partially determined by a computer program. Echoborgs constitute a methodological trade-off inverse to that of the tele-operated paradigm discussed above, as they allow the possibility of studying social interactions with artificial agents that have truly human interfaces. The unique affordances of echoborgs can complement those of tele-operated and fully-autonomous androids and contribute to our understanding of the social psychological dynamics of human–agent interaction...
To be technical, Sophia is an “echoborg” – a living, breathing person who has temporarily given themselves over to become a robot’s mouthpiece. Whatever she says originated in a chatbot across the internet, and is then fed to her through a small earpiece BBC
Scientists have published a paper in the Journal Science Robotics that humanoid robots could help create muscle and tendons grafts that actually work. Their findings also claim the technology is already in place to start harvesting muscles and tissue on human like machines.