Yes, Mrdon, and it makes sense to study the movement of different creatures to see what dynamics they are using that could be borrowed for machine motion. In robotics, I find that more interesting than the replication of human attributes.
Ann, it would seem as if keeping the tissue in the nutrient bath would would defeat the purpose of this technology - namely eliminating the space required for more conventional motion control.
Any idea about the life-span, or is the fact that it's being "fed" cause cell division for an indefinite amount of time, thereby reproducing itself? I'm running a little low on my memory of cellular biology.
Well I have to admit that this is a little bit freaky, but still pretty cool. Who knows what this means for the future, I suppose that some Cyborg, hybrid robot in 2050 will owe it's movement to these early developments.
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