Biologically Inspired Robotics

The future of robotics may not include printed circuit boards, metal frames and microchips, but instead, the term “robot” may need to be adapted to include semi-living biological creations which are not manufactured on a production line, but instead grown and evolved in labs and incubators. Are humans ready to accept a future where the artificially created life form is biological rather than electromechanical in nature? The question of whether or not an advanced “robot” has rights may relate more to the question of the rights of invertebrates like octopus and jellyfish than to the rights of a toaster or microwave.

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Coleman, thank you for sharing this insightful and thought-provoking article. Your exploration of the potential future of robotics, particularly the concept of growing robots with biological components, is truly fascinating.