Xenobots: The World’s First Reproducing Robots


Photo courtesy of Sam Kriegman

Drake Chambless, Staff Writer

     The future is filled with endless possibilities. Some of these possibilities are turning into reality extremely fast. With the latest technology, scientists at the University of Vermont have made the first ever living and reproducing robots, deemed Xenobots.

     On Nov. 29, a research paper was published documenting their first tests and creations on the organisms. The new bots are composed of one major component. They are made of the stem cells from the African Clawed Frog. The term robot is a general definition of this new creation. A robot is defined as something that replicates human action automatically. With the movement and reproduction of the xenobots, they fall into that definition.

     The creation of the Xenobots is expected to be used in the medical field. As stated by the scientists interviewed at Wyss Institute,  “We need a biological tool that does X and Y and suppresses Z,” Scientist Josh Bongard said. “The world and technologies are rapidly changing.”

     A big concern among people around the country is that the scientists are playing God with this new technology. While it may seem that way, the scientists working on the program have valid arguments based solely around the medical field and the life changing and life saving qualities that these robots have the potential of giving. There is no need for worry as there are many regulations that these researchers must follow in order to continue their work on the Xenobots.