Cornell engineers have reached a new milestone by creating simple machines that exhibit properties similar to living beings. These bots utilise a new “life-like” material called DNA-based Assembly and Synthesis of Hierarchical materials or DASH that has its own artificial metabolism and is capable of exhibiting three key traits of life, self-assembly and organisation. This is said to be a first in the field of robotics and bioengineering. While some reports call it “Living Robots,” these machines are far from achieving full-fledged autonomous metabolism. “We are introducing a brand-new, life-like material concept powered by its very own artificial metabolism. We are not making something that’s alive, but we are creating materials that are much more life-like than have ever been seen before,” said Dan Luo, professor of biological and environmental engineering at Cornell.
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