I’ve just read in a magazine about a new kind of robots called xenobots. They were created in an US lab by taking heart and skin stem cells from frogs (of the species Xenopus laevis) and assembling them into tiny robots (They mesure less than 1mm long) that can move. They can also execute simple tasks like walking or swimming and can live for at least a week without food.
However, they cannot reproduce or evolve. They are also biodegradable. They can also regenerate, like if you cut them open they will pull themselves together again like the T-1000 from Terminator 2. Future versions are going to heave ecological and medical uses, like collecting microplastics in the oceans, transporting medicine around the body or clean our arteries.

And heres a video about it:


I heard about those! I think scientists are trying to use them for medical purposes.

Yeah. But I’m also questionning myself about the morals. In the video I posted it says that they’re « living, programmable organisms » and maybe I’m imagining things, but what if in the future they make more complex of these xenobots and some people start treating them as actual living beings who deserves rights? I dunno, maybe I’m going a bit too sci-fi.

I thought about that to, but think about it, we kill so many living things that are vastly more intelligent than a tiny blob of stem cells. As long as scientists don’t give the xenobots a brain, then I am sure most people would not care at all.

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Hopefully you’re right.

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As long as they don’t go HAL-9000, GLaDOS or SHODAN, I don’t mind.

All living beings are natural killers. Even herbivorous creatures.

How are herbivorous killers?

They kill plants by eating them.

Plants are living beings as well, even though they aren’t necessarily sentient (because they lack a central nervous system).