What Does Biorobotics Mean?

Biorobotics is generally thought of as the process of using biological organisms as a way to develop new technologies. It's a wide field that covers various things like cybernetics and genetic engineering, and many new scientific advances are based on different kinds of biorobotics initiatives or projects with a biorobotics component.


Techopedia Explains Biorobotics

One example of biorobotics is the use of DNA structures to model different technologies. The interplay between biological DNA and digital DNA models has given us new methods of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of health conditions. It has allowed us, in some ways, to peer inside our anatomy at the DNA level and understand better what our genes are composed of.

Another high-profile example of biorobotics is the application of artificial neural networks modeled on the human brain's biology. Artificial neurons in the layers of a neural network take in weighted inputs and execute an activation function for a given output. In the sense that these are built on biological synapse and neuron design, you could say this is another aspect of biorobotics.

More quotidian examples of biorobotics would include prosthesis based on the biology of the arm or leg, and other kinds of projects where biological systems serve as the inspiration or modeling component of a new technology.


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