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Entry updated 4 February 2020. Tagged: Theme.

An example of speculative Terminology, the term taken from Xenopus laevis, the African clawed frog; used initially to describe tiny self-healing Robots bred organically from (as an instance) frog stem cells, but used more widely in the third decade of the twenty-first century to describe any robot bred organically. In this encyclopedia, the term Android is usefully restricted to humanoid-shaped artificial beings. Androids are therefore xenobots, but the reverse is not true: xenobots need not be humanoid, and are usually not. [JC]

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