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Robotic Mold

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 4 years ago | from the he-slimed-me dept.

Biotech 118

Canis Lupus writes to mention that researchers from the University of West England are designing the world's first biological robot, constructed from mold. The robot, "Plasmobot," will be created using vegetative slime mold called plasmodium (Physarum polycephalum) that is commonly found in forests, gardens, and most damp places in the UK. "This new plasmodium robot, called plasmobot, will sense objects, span them in the shortest and best way possible, and transport tiny objects along pre-programmed directions. The robots will have parallel inputs and outputs, a network of sensors and the number crunching power of super computers. The plasmobot will be controlled by spatial gradients of light, electro-magnetic fields and the characteristics of the substrate on which it is placed. It will be a fully controllable and programmable amorphous intelligent robot with an embedded massively parallel computer."

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robotic fp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29264183)

doesn't run on linux!

The picture in the article ... (2, Funny)

neonprimetime (528653) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264189)

... is amazing [sciencedaily.com] ! Kinda looks like my son took 2 of his matchbox cars and drove them thru his dinner plate. :-P

Re:The picture in the article ... (2, Interesting)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264543)

I'm just glad this goo is orange and not grey [wikipedia.org] .

Good marketing team (2, Funny)

captaindomon (870655) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264191)

"...number crunching power of super computers... It will be a fully controllable and programmable amorphous intelligent robot with an embedded massively parallel computer." I don't think that means what you think it means...

Re:Good marketing team (1)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264661)

Seriously sounds legit to me. From TFA:

It propagates and searches for sources of nutrients and when it finds such sources it branches out in a series of veins of protoplasm. The plasmodium is capable of solving complex computational tasks, such as the shortest path between points and other logical calculations

Re:Good marketing team (2, Insightful)

blackraven14250 (902843) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264873)

So, how is this different from putting some mold on or near a bunch of moldfood and letting it work its magic?

Re:Good marketing team (5, Funny)

PotatoFarmer (1250696) | more than 4 years ago | (#29265525)

I don't know about you, but we've tried our own implementation of this phenomenon in our office fridge, and haven't gotten any good computational output. Sure, the General Tso's Chicken came up with a fairly solid quicksort implementation, but that Greenish Liquid That May or May Not Have Been a Salad At One Time still hasn't figured out basic pointer arithmetic, much less decent memory management.

Re:Good marketing team (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29265679)

Pour that liquid on the General Tso's Chicken and you'll get a TRS-80

Re:Good marketing team (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 4 years ago | (#29267507)

Sure, the General Tso's Chicken came up with a fairly solid quicksort implementation

"Kill em all, let the ancestors sort 'em out"?

I like it. O(n) and easily executed in parallel. :)

Re:Good marketing team (2, Informative)

Nigel Stepp (446) | more than 4 years ago | (#29267251)

It's not really much different from that, which is exactly why it is interesting! Natural phenomena solve some of the hardest problems in computation, just by doing what they normally do.

The trick is controlling that process to get it to solve things we are interested in.

I, for one... (1)

Tsar (536185) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264193)

...am completely grossed out.

Umm... (2, Insightful)

coolsteve (1582557) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264355)

From the article:

This mould, or plasmodium, is a naturally occurring substance with its own embedded intelligence. It propagates and searches for sources of nutrients and when it finds such sources it branches out in a series of veins of protoplasm.

Does this worry anyone else?

Re:Umm... (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264439)

Two words: Trapper Keeper.

Re:Umm... (3, Informative)

blackraven14250 (902843) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264899)

No, this sounds like it's a normal mold.

Re:Umm... (3, Insightful)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#29265435)

Yeah. Sounds about as interesting as using sunflower heads to keep solar cells pointed at the sun. Sure, you can probably do it, but does it accomplish anything practically?

I.e., tell me when they've done something interesting. In the meantime, they're just watching mold do what mold normally does.

Re:Umm... (2, Interesting)

pthisis (27352) | more than 4 years ago | (#29266341)

No, this sounds like it's a normal mold.

Nope, normal molds are fungi. Slime molds aren't molds at all. They used to be considered in the now-defunct Protist kingdom, but that's not a monophyletic grouping, so it's been split up into several different kingdoms (although the exact classification is still the subject of some debate).

The most popular current taxonomy puts slime molds into several kingdoms, with plasmodial slime molds (the case at hand) in the kingdom Amoebozoa alongside amoebas (among others) and decidedly not in the kingdoms of plants, animals, or fungi.

Well I, for one... (2, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264891)

I, for one, welcome our new smelly, slimy, moldy robotic overlords....ewww....

Molderama (1)

thethibs (882667) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264199)

Now that is funny! British wit at its best.

Re:Molderama (3, Funny)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264513)

I noticed a tiny mistake in TFS. Since it's British, they should have spelled it "mould", becauuse American mold is so different. British mold doesn't even have color -- it has colours.

And? (2, Interesting)

Kell Bengal (711123) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264283)

And what exactly do they intend to use it for? Does this have any practical applications where it would be superior to an inorganic robot that isn't at risk of being eaten by the first moderately complex organism that thinks mold looks tasty?

Re:And? (4, Funny)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264313)

Rest assured, your Dungeon Master will come up with something interesting.

Re:And? (3, Funny)

tacarat (696339) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264709)

You're sitting in a bar. The vid screen is barely audible over the sounds of the loud patrons hammering back their brews and celebrating the end of the day and beginning of the night. With some effort, you tune your cybernetic hearing enhancement to hear the newscaster.

"Hackers used banned mould robots to conquer cheese factories in Wisconsin and France. News at Eleven.

Looking down, the plate of nachos you ordered suddenly doesn't look so appealing. It looks less appealing as it leaps up from the plate, tortilla chips poking your eye and jalapenos forcing their way down your throat.

Roll for initiative, please.

Re:And? (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 4 years ago | (#29266071)

Crap, I rolled a 1....

Re:And? (1)

tacarat (696339) | more than 4 years ago | (#29266215)

/roll/
Ok then. Everybody looks around as you begin choking on cyber-hacked cheddar cheese. Somebody has the sense of mind to come behind you and start giving you the Heimlich maneuver.

/rolls again/

Corn chip shrapnel sprays out of your mouth and onto the crowd. Disgusted patrons glare at you as they wipe the hacked orange cheese goo from their faces.

/lots of dice/

Abstrackt. Please roll to save versus hacked cheese mind control. And you might want to pray that the leather clad bald guy coming towards you with the switchblade fails his roll in time...

Re:And? (1)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 4 years ago | (#29266603)

/lots of dice/

All time best way to speed up a conversation and get the PCs moving: roll a bunch of dice and start scribbling on a sheet of paper, followed by "so are you guys still standing there under that tree?"

Re:And? (2, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 4 years ago | (#29267555)

Roll for initiative, please.

Man, if there's ever a situation where I'd be okay with the GM assuming I'm caught off guard, it's when my own plate of nachos leaps up and attacks my face. The only way I could be more surprised would be if the Long Island Ice Tea I bought tried to sober me up.

Re:And? (2, Interesting)

pla (258480) | more than 4 years ago | (#29265183)

And what exactly do they intend to use it for?

Nice and simple answer to that FTA: "Researchers have received a Leverhulme Trust grant worth £228,000 to develop the amorphous non-silicon biological robot".

At the risk of getting modded "redundant", this really doesn't sound like much of a "discovery", much less a "robot". At best, IF they came up with a novel way to arrange food around it to solve NP-complete problems, you could call it a type of massively parallel processor. Possibly, with a real stretch of the imagination and some polymer science voodoo, a self-arranging scaffold for 3d modelling. But a robot? Just because it moves doesn't make it a Porche.

Re:And? (2, Informative)

neonsignal (890658) | more than 4 years ago | (#29265653)

Hmmm, this tastes like slime mold juice.

AD&D Comes to Life (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29264289)

Wow real Advanced Dungeons and Dragons green slime. Now we just need it in MONSTER SIZE

Re:AD&D Comes to Life (3, Funny)

drseuk (824707) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264733)

Translation for our readers in New Zealand, he means "monster size".

Not Really a Robot (5, Interesting)

Garrett Fox (970174) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264297)

The article explains what's meant by saying that the "robot" will compute: "Most people's idea of a computer is a piece of hardware with software designed to carry out specific tasks. This mould, or plasmodium, is a naturally occurring substance with its own embedded intelligence. It propagates and searches for sources of nutrients and when it finds such sources it branches out in a series of veins of protoplasm. The plasmodium is capable of solving complex computational tasks, such as the shortest path between points and other logical calculations. Through previous experiments we have already demonstrated the ability of this mould to transport objects. By feeding it oat flakes, it grows tubes which oscillate and make it move in a certain direction carrying objects with it. We can also use light or chemical stimuli to make it grow in a certain direction."

That's like saying that the bamboo plant on my desk is a robot. It, too, transports substances in a direction determined by light input, and computes the optimal direction for approaching a light source. I could even claim that I'm adding "logic gates" to it by covering or pruning certain leaves.

Says the article, the mold robot has "the number crunching power of super computers" because it carries out computing tasks. That claim is also pretty silly. The A* algorithm can find the shortest distance between paths, and it doesn't require anything that could be called a supercomputer today.

So, this thing is a "robot" in the sense that pointing at random objects and calling yourself a master of "found art" is art.

Re:Not Really a Robot (5, Informative)

sonnejw0 (1114901) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264459)

Exactly. In fact, plasmodium does not compute optimal distances, it has no senses to detect objects at a distance. It detects chemical concentration gradients and moves to or from higher concentrations of chemicals it likes or dislikes. It does not compute. In fact, if you've ever seen one move, it wriggles around a lot. It has to, in order to detect its immediate environment.

What is the point of this article?

Re:Not Really a Robot (1)

tacarat (696339) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264743)

To inspire researchers. If somebody will fund that, you can find somebody to fund your beer pyramid project if you polish the proposal enough.

Re:Not Really a Robot (2, Insightful)

blackraven14250 (902843) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264949)

I have better projects involving certain plants in mind.

Re:Not Really a Robot (1)

tacarat (696339) | more than 4 years ago | (#29265035)

Your proposal intrigues me. Let us discuss it over cheetos and... everything else in reach.

Re:Not Really a Robot (1)

MetalPhalanx (1044938) | more than 4 years ago | (#29265609)

Oh hey, brownies!

Re:Not Really a Robot (1)

sonnejw0 (1114901) | more than 4 years ago | (#29267277)

LOL, I am at a loss. I'd mod you Funny if your comment wasn't so Insightfu, or should I say Informative.

Re:Not Really a Robot (1)

Tolkien (664315) | more than 4 years ago | (#29266669)

By your description it sounds like this would be the beginnings of some sort of primordial ooze, if it weren't for us messing with it.

Re:Not Really a Robot (1)

cstacy (534252) | more than 4 years ago | (#29265031)

The article explains what's meant by saying that the "robot" will compute..."
So, this thing is a "robot" in the sense that pointing at random objects and calling yourself a master of "found art" is art.

The real test is whether the entire AI can be implemented in a single Twitter.

Controlling them? (3, Funny)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264299)

The previous attemp contained in papers stored in the head, using hebrew text as programming language.

Cold Sweats (1)

mindbrane (1548037) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264337)

>"It will be a fully controllable"

>"and programmable amorphous intelligent robot with an embedded massively parallel computer."

Now see, it's that bit, the bit about it being fully controllable that makes me nervous. Why did they feel the need to put that bit in. Slimy mold; intelligent, massively parallel processing robot... fully controllable, yes but by whom and for how long.

Re:Cold Sweats (5, Funny)

Zocalo (252965) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264399)

I think it can be summed up best as "what could possibly grow wrong?"

Re:Cold Sweats (0, Troll)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264573)

I, for one, will welcome our robotic overslimelords.

As a welcoming present, I present this extra jumbo can of Athete's Foot spray to you in the interests of peaceful coexistenc.. FFFFFFSSSSHHH!!!!!

Can empty, problem solved.

Re:Cold Sweats (1)

PinkyGigglebrain (730753) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264857)

Makes me wonder if Shogoths started out as a little orange mold in a petri dish.

All hail mold...... (1)

pcman (658826) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264339)

All is well and good until it develops AI and we bow before it. I figured technology would get us eventually but, and I must admit, yielding to our new mold masters was not what I had in mind. You will become one with the slime!!!

Real Research (3, Informative)

beringreenbear (949867) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264341)

Adamatzky I'm already familiar with, citing his Chemical Computer [wikipedia.org] in a senior paper to finish my CS degree. This is no more crazy than using electrostatic foam to compute. [indiana.edu]

Allergies! (2, Funny)

smallshot (1202439) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264345)

Great, now I'll be allergic to my electronics too. Nature I can escape, but mold in my computer??

What about insurance? (1)

macbeth66 (204889) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264349)

Will Old Glory Insurance provide a policy for this new menace?

In the meantime, I am putting my medicine under lock and key!

Re:What about insurance? (1)

space_jake (687452) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264449)

On the plus side, you should be able to break free of its grip since it isn't made of metal.

Re:What about insurance? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29265315)

Note the line "We can use light or chemical stimuli to make it grow in a certain direction." I believe Chemical Stimuli is another word for "Old People's Medicine".

overhyped (1)

jacktherobot (1538645) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264371)

this is just another article about someone getting research money.

Re:overhyped (2, Interesting)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264591)

Why is it lately that every time there's any slashdot story about any research whatever, somebody has to pipe in that it's "just another article about someone getting research money"?

What's the matter, can't get your project funded?

Re:overhyped (1)

blackraven14250 (902843) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264967)

I'm not a good enough bullshitter.

Re:overhyped (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#29265171)

Then hire a bullshitter! Or come up with an interesting hypothesis you want to test.

Re:overhyped (1)

jacktherobot (1538645) | more than 4 years ago | (#29265973)

I'm not trying to knock the guy for getting research money. I'm a researcher myself. I just think that getting funding for research isn't news. Discovering something as a result of your research is.

Super Mario Bros movie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29264415)

Am I the only one getting flashbacks to the Super Mario Bros. movie, I know it was fungus but still....

Note to self: (1)

space_jake (687452) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264431)

Stock up on liquid nitrogen and multiple hand-held fire extinguishers for inevitable fight with the blob.

Bender (2)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264481)

Bite my slimey moldy ass!

Interesting Background Material (5, Interesting)

DynaSoar (714234) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264489)

From an unlikely source: PubMed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez [nih.gov]

Search terms "plasmodium Physarum polycephalum"

I went looking for negative stuff, knowing plasmodiums were behind malaria. Couldn't find any for this stuff, but I did find some juicy bits from biomedical science regarding its computational ability, or rather its internal processes that can be used as such. Not many will be able to get the referenced material, but just the abstracts are tasty.

Re:Interesting Background Material (5, Interesting)

Archaemic (1546639) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264593)

The plasmodium behind malaria is not the same kind of plasmodium. IIRC, malaria is caused by a sporozoan, which is completely different from a slime mould. In fact, plasmodium is not even a kind of slime mould. In reference to slime moulds, plasmodium is just the macroscopic form of any slime mould.

Re:Interesting Background Material (5, Informative)

reverseengineer (580922) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264793)

Yeah, the reason slime molds are referred to as plasmodium is because the slime mold colony lacks defined cell walls or membranes between what would normally be considered individual cells. The mold can essentially be thought of as a single cell with many nuclei, since cytoplasm is continous throughout the entire colony. As the parent notes, this type of structure (a lifecycle stage, really) has nothing to do with the protozoa which cause malaria, which just happen to be of genus Plasmodium.

Re:Interesting Background Material (2, Informative)

pthisis (27352) | more than 4 years ago | (#29266483)

In reference to slime moulds, plasmodium is just the macroscopic form of any slime mould.

Not _any_ slime mold. Plasmodial slime molds are one small grouping of slime molds.

Dictyostelids, for instance, are unicellular slime molds. Plasmodiums have many (often millions) nuclei in one cell membrane. Dictyostelids maintain cellular structure--their macroscopic form is not a plasmodium, though they do form a "pseudoplasmodium" that kind of looks like a plasmodium.

And that's just the plasmodials and the dictyostelids, two kinds of slime molds in the Amoebozoa kingdom--there are 3 other kingdoms that contain other kinds of slime molds, many with macroscopic forms that are not plasmodiums.

GPF Software (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264611)

Fooker, is that you?

Slime Mold (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29264639)

> Quaff potion
> Tastes like Plasmobot juice!

I believe Rudy Rucker has IP on this idea already. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29264647)

In his Ware Trilogy

Re:I believe Rudy Rucker has IP on this idea alrea (1)

Bohnanza (523456) | more than 4 years ago | (#29266597)

I can't believe he was actually right. "Moldies" seemed a most unlikely Sci-fi idea.

Tagging the story? (1)

lavaforge (245529) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264679)

How do you put a "Shoggoth" tag onto a story? This sounds like something straight out of "At the Mountains of Madness".

Meh (3, Funny)

uberjack (1311219) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264713)

This plasmodium doesn't hold a candle to my plasmondilium [wikipedia.org]

Nothing new (1)

Nick Fel (1320709) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264805)

Saw a talk on this last year from some guys at Southampton who'd already done it: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biosystems.2006.09.016 [doi.org] Zauner is on a Microsoft Research fellowship though, so no doubt Slashdotters won't like it ;)

I'm rich!!! (2, Funny)

Perp Atuitie (919967) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264893)

My bathroom has enough slime and mold to corner the market with. I knew I was keeping it for something big.

Cough, cough (1, Funny)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264911)

Is it appropriate to lichen this bizarre construction to a robot? And I have to wonder whether it would be constructed from custom built components, or would they would have to come from a mold.

Re:Cough, cough (1)

Comboman (895500) | more than 4 years ago | (#29265473)

Those puns are great. You must be a real fun-guy.

Re:Cough, cough (2, Funny)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 4 years ago | (#29267293)

In spite of what some sour little "toad's tool" with mod points and a lack of morels seems to believe, Slashdot always has shroom for a little humour.

Sci-Fi Plot? (1)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264917)

This sounds like the makings of a great Sci-Fi flick. Oh wait, I think it was recently just done [hulu.com] ,... Or maybe that was just a SyFy flick, so it really doesn't count,...

Re:Sci-Fi Plot? (1)

clam666 (1178429) | more than 4 years ago | (#29265401)

Apparently you didn't bother to watch Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus. When the mold can jump up and eat a plane at 30,000 feet I'll be more concerned.

April 1? (1)

wagr (1070120) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264929)

April 1 at the end of August? Misuse a word and call it newsworthy?

ObNethack (5, Funny)

HonestButCurious (1306021) | more than 4 years ago | (#29264943)

.........
..@F.....
.........
You hit the brown mold.  You are suddenly very cold!

As seen on TV (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29265061)

Didn't I see this same "intelligent" slime mold on Eureka a few weeks ago?

WTF is up with attention whoring in academics today? Humility courses ought to be mandatory.

Beowulf cluster... (2, Funny)

MadFarmAnimalz (460972) | more than 4 years ago | (#29265097)

or moldy loaf of sliced bread? You decide!

Re:Beowulf cluster... (1)

Pflipp (130638) | more than 4 years ago | (#29267551)

The best IT jobs will get you both.

Whoa (1)

Joe Jay Bee (1151309) | more than 4 years ago | (#29265353)

Does this mean I can legitimately claim that the mould on my bathroom walls counts as advanced technology? Awesome!

Just wondering (1)

Me! Me! 42 (1153289) | more than 4 years ago | (#29265377)

Is it April Fool's Day in England? Perhaps something lost in the translation?

Cyborg? (1)

DrWho520 (655973) | more than 4 years ago | (#29265439)

Is this a robot or a cyborg? Sounds more like cybernetic gray goo to me. Who knew it would literally be gray goo?

Mold Brains? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29265543)

"It might also be possible for thousands of tiny computers made of plasmodia to live on our skin and carry out routine tasks freeing up our brain for other things" ....So it could do our breathing for us so we can think harder?

Seefa Schnee isn't involved with this one, right? (1)

argent (18001) | more than 4 years ago | (#29265599)

Just so long as it's not used to create a nanovirus that infects people with creativity-enhancing Tourette's syndrome, I think we're OK.

Physarum boats: If plasmodium sailed . . . (1)

grshutt (985889) | more than 4 years ago | (#29265635)

Professor Andy Adamatzky has published a number of papers on plasmodium computing. See his web page at UWE Bristol:

http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/adamatzky/

and the video complimentary material for the article "Physarum boats: If plasmodium sailed it would never leave a port" at:

http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/adamatzky/physarumboat/

The video requires a Intel Indeo 5 decoder plugin.

Spelling. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29265663)

Mould*

You insensiTive clod! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29265821)

propaganda and Man walking. It's stupid. To the Fact: *BSD is dying no maater how not going home

Grey Goo (1)

aaaantoine (1540357) | more than 4 years ago | (#29265855)

I came here to see if there was a greygoo tag. I was not disappointed.

Who says techies are lazy? (1)

WheelDweller (108946) | more than 4 years ago | (#29265951)

This is a great scam: "OK, the mold is at work- I need silence and more BEER!" :>

Am I the only one.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29266089)

... who read that like "Robotic Maid"?

Paging Dr. Spengler (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29266623)

You're going to LOVE this!

Green skin (1)

sea4ever (1628181) | more than 4 years ago | (#29266703)

"It might also be possible for thousands of tiny computers made of plasmodia to live on our skin and carry out routine tasks freeing up our brain for other things." - In the future we will all be covered in slime, is this human evolution? A time may come when bathing goes out of style in order to accumulate more processing power..

Re:Green skin (1)

Xerolooper (1247258) | more than 4 years ago | (#29266803)

"It might also be possible for thousands of tiny computers made of plasmodia to live on our skin and carry out routine tasks freeing up our brain for other things." - In the future we will all be covered in slime, is this human evolution? A time may come when bathing goes out of style in order to accumulate more processing power..

And they call me a disgusting slob for not bathing. I am just way ahead of my time.

If I Only Had A Brain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29266713)

What the plasmodium robot needs is an AI Mind [aimind-i.com] . Then it will be an artificially intelligent Cyborg [blogspot.com] (cybernetic organism).

Announcing Tomatobot! (1)

sdguero (1112795) | more than 4 years ago | (#29266793)

By placing a wire cage around my tomato plant I can alter the direction that the plant grows in making it capable of determining the fast route to the sun and moving small objects of my desire. The plant is able to grow, and can even transform carbon dioxide into oxygen! I call it tomatobot and I expect the government to give me a $500k grant to work on further development.

ohshit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29267273)

won't be long before they rise up and take out all the mushroom farmers.. first

Quick...call Hollywood! (1)

MillenneumMan (932804) | more than 4 years ago | (#29267399)

You know...this article would make a great basis for rebooting the movie "The Blob"

Still doesn't look like this robot (1)

Master of Transhuman (597628) | more than 4 years ago | (#29267531)

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