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Simon Coghlan

Senior Research Fellow in Digital Ethics, School of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne


Dr. Simon Coghlan is Senior Research Fellow in Digital Ethics, School of Computing and Information Systems, at University of Melbourne. Simon has academic interests in the ethics of robots, AI, animals, and the environment. He is also a veterinarian.

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Will Self-Replicating Xenobots Cure Diseases, Yield New Bioweapons, or Simply Turn the World Into Grey Goo?

In 2020, scientists made global headlines by creating “xenobots”—tiny “programmable” living things made of several thousand frog stem cells. These pioneer xenobots could move around in fluids, and scientists claimed they could be useful for...

Not Bot, Not Beast: Scientists Create First Ever Living, Programmable Organism

A remarkable combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and biology has produced the world’s first “living robots.” This week, a research team of roboticists and scientists published their recipe for making a new lifeform called xenobots...

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