A team of scientists from the University of Manchester have created the world’s first ever molecular robot. The wide range of positive implications and the nanotechnology used is another step towards the scientific advancement and artificial intelligence. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is the one behind the funding of the project.
MOLECULAR ROBOT AND THE ROLES
The main objective of the molecular robot is to fulfil the molecule-building commands. It can effectively manipulate or change even a single molecule in the particle. The actions performed by the robots are controlled under strict observation and the scientist’s guidance. A combination of 150 nitrogen, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen atoms was used to create the robot.
They can even build another molecule which is only one millionth of a millimetre in size. Such robots consist of a tiny robotic arm which can be used for building molecular cargo. These robots might come in handy for building the molecular factories, for medical purposes, for manufacturing processes and even assembly lines.
David Leigh, the chief researcher, stated that the molecular robot is an arrangement of atoms which can respond to basic scientific commands. Within some years, the robots would be able to build up assembly lines for creating new products at molecular scale.
The best part about this is the fact that the robot is so tiny that it doesn’t require much material, doesn’t require more power, and can help in discovering a drug. The exciting part is the potential tasks that can be undertaken by using such a robot.
Chemical processes are used for building up such a tiny machine work that can carry out such functions. They basically work like any other computer program. These are apt for handling sensitive materials that are too fragile to be handled by anything else.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The molecular robot functions by starting chemical reactions in controlled and carefully designed solutions. Owing to the tiny size, there is no waste of material. It can also help in discovering new drugs. This robot is a breakthrough in the realm of artificial intelligence and nanotechnology.
The chemical inputs help in operating, instructing and controlling the molecular robot. It is also cost efficient since it is miniature in size. They are so tiny that if they were piled up on each other in billions, the size would be that of a grain of salt or sand.