Researchers at Cornell University have designed and built the first self-replicating robots. Yes, that’s right, these little robots can build copies of themselves. I think someone has never watched Stargate SG-1, or they probably wouldn’t be doing this.
While robots that reproduce themselves is certainly a groundbreaking achievement, we need to consider carefully if this is something we should be doing. As long as the robots remain completely under human control, it’s probably going to be fine. But that can’t be the case forever. Artificial intelligence will arrive sooner or later, which brings up the question of how do we treat an artificial life form which can reproduce?