London — Resembling the stuff from which science fiction movies are made, the invasive potential of artificial life and so-called biomimetic robots are now being hailed as reality, reports Lloyd’s. The London global insurer says these robots are among 25 alarming threats to the ecosystem identified by U.K. environmental scientists and policymakers. As well as risks associated with insect-like mini robots, the list includes threats linked to nanotechnology and biotechnology.

The result of an exercise called horizon scanning, the list also points to hazards associated with climate change such as coastal flooding, increased fire risk, and the growing demand for biofuels and biomass.

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