Joshua Bongard from the University of Vermont, is a robotics expert and computer scientist who helped discover the research of robots which are made up of living frog cells. Joshua and his colleagues at the UVM used a supercomputer to configure what these robot organisms would actually look like, while biologists from Tuffs University actualy constructed them. The purpose for the creation of these robot organism hybrids is to achieve tasks which weren’t previously capable by modern technology. These hybrids, which will be able to be controlled and told what to do, will change the way certain medicines are delivered and will be used to collect and destroy waste in the environment and toxic materials in humans alike. (University of Vermont, 2020)
Personally I believe the creation of controllable organisms such as these will be not only be extremely impressive, but will also serve as a great innovation for the medical field and really any other field that could use them in a responsible manner. Another thing that I found really cool is that since these robots are made up of living cells, they are able to regenerate themselves if damaged and are biodegradable once their job is finished. (University of Vermont, 2020). My only concern with this type of technology is the possibility of it ending up in the wrong hands further down the road where people may take advantage of it and create something that could be harmful in some way.
Overall, I think that the scientists at both UVM and Tuffs University have created something that will benefit a variety of fields, and have used information responsibly to create something that’s never been seen before.