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Should we make robots that die like humans? | DNews

curated by | January 30, 2016

“Biodegradable bodies for more eco-friendly robotsBiodegradable bodies for more eco-friendly robots
“Scientists from the Italian Institute of Technology are developing ‘smart materials’ that could lead to robots that will decompose like a human body once they’ve reached the end of their life-span.”

John Payne’s insight:
Assuming that some components of these robots would be valuable enough to warrant recycling and/or toxic, it would be a good idea to make those components relatively easy to remove, so the remainder can be composted or left to decompose without consequence. Combining the electronics and wiring into a wiring harness, which can be installed and later removed as a unit, would be a good start.

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