The age of robotics that started with automotive manufacturing is now upon us, spreading rapidly into other areas. Robots normally come human sized or bigger or smaller but with complex machinery. And now scientists have developed the world’s first molecular robot -millionth of a millimetre in size – that can be used to build molecules and may even help discover novel drugs. The tiny robots developed at the University of Manchester can be programmed to move and build molecular cargo using a tiny robotic arm.
The robots operate by carrying out chemical reactions in special solutions which can then be controlled and programmed by scientists.