Monday, January 17, 2005

'Living' robots powered by muscle

"'They're absolutely alive,' Professor Montemagno told BBC News. 'I mean the cells actually grow, multiply and assemble - they form the structure themselves. So the device is alive.'"

We've got robots that eat bugs for energy, simple computers grown from nervous tissue, non-intrusive headgear that translates brain-waves into mechanical actuality . . . The pieces for a new techno-ecology are falling into place at a rate that would have made Philip K. Dick quite giddy.

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