|Scientists are now making their robots to have behavioral traits like what is inside the human DNA / Photo by: Max Pixel|
Building nanotechnology capable of operating on its own is not something new. It has, in fact, been the goal of most scientists, to be able to create nanobots that “can potentially kill malignant tumors” and “grow new organs from stem cells” as a way to “help cure chronic diseases.”
So what makes this one a breakthrough if it is but an innovation of something that has already shown potential? According to Tech Times, this is a breakthrough in the sense that scientists want to improve upon that previously mentioned nanotech and build more bots that closely resemble the human DNA.
In a bid to invest in bots in the healthcare industry, these bots will be seen as working the same way as the real DNA. That is, it will be equipped with “its own metabolism, uses, energy” and will have the ability to mimic DNA behavior and learn to evolve, grow, and even eventually die.
The possibilities for this kind of technology, suffice it to say, are endless, although as of now, there are still important steps to take to give it a real chance of survival, literally, as the experiment done by the DASH (DNA-based Assembly and Synthesis or Hierarchical) shows that the technology is responding to being introduced with a source of energy and even grew strands, but it is still very much not alive.
For now, the focus will have to be just introducing stimuli to the bots and logging their responses to them in order for them to better understand the steps they needed to take next.
Nonetheless, the team is determined that they would be able to make it all work.
Said Dan Luo, one of the authors of the study: “We are introducing a brand-new, lifelike 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 lifelike than have ever been seen before."