Though it may look just like a stingray, the world's first artificial animal is no animal at all -- not entirely. It's a genetically engineered biohybrid that is part robot and part animal, resulting in a unique creature that represents the future of artificial intelligence. The soft-robotic ray has a small, 3D-printed elastic body, and a gold skeleton that is capable of storing information. The body of the ray is coated in actual living heart cells that, when exposed to light, cause the wings of the ray to flap. This type of technology isn't just for show; it could lead to the development of artificial hearts. This hybrid creature also represents a small step toward the development of synthetic cognition. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.
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Written by Curiosity Staff July 26, 2016
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