They’re not quite the humanoid killers seen in the Terminator films, but these unsettling machines have got the internet up in arms.
Scientists have created tiny machines that can eat, grow and even evolve just like real creatures, sparking fears of a robot uprising.
Eventually, they age and die, a level of lifelike complexity never before seen in robots. The research was published in Science Robotics.
The news has startled online commenters, with one comparing the work to “Skynet” — the fictional evil corporation behind the Terminator robots.
According to Professor Dan Luo, a biologist at Cornell University who worked on the project, the machines are about as complex as a simple organism like mold.
“We are introducing a brand-new, lifelike material concept powered by its very own artificial metabolism,” Luo said.
“We are not making something that’s alive, but we are creating materials that are much more lifelike than have ever been seen before.”