Should Robots Be Biodegradable?
This institution in Italy wants to make dead robots decompose, in a way
While flesh and bone have the potential to biodegrade, breeding new life where another left off, most of the materials we come in contact with every day do not.
At the end of a device’s life span, when its screen has taken its last flicker and its audio fails to sound, it just sits wherever we leave it rather than contributing to the growth of something else. In many instances, recycling isn’t an option, and in any case a following generation of the model is in the making. In accordance with the trend of making more organic and lifelike technology (think robotics and artificial intelligence), researchers at the Italian Institute of Technology are developing ‘smart materials’ that could enable robots to decompose at the end of their life-cycle.