Pink Tentacle has an article about scientists who are developing organic robots as a way to better explore and understand artificial life. They plan to put the robots in a ‘law of the jungle’ setting where they will have to develop hunting and survival skills to make it. The theory is that such skills would make them more useful for many tasks, including security and exploration of new planets. I think building organic robots adn teaching them to adapt and develop hunting and survival skills sounds like a disaster waiting to happen (and, once again, a lot like a book I read once…I mean, don’t these people read? I know sci fi authors make stuff up, but it has to be based on something, right?).