In a short story I created, humanity encounters a sentient and consciousness messenger that is alien in nature and origin. Upon further examination, it turns out that there is organic tissue grown over a mechanical skeleton and many other robotic systems.

The organic components include a flesh, organs, a brain, and muscle, and many other known organic components seen in living creatures

My question is

how could one grow organic components over a robotic skeleton, and if possible, how could the nervous system grow to connect with the robotic system, as to better control said skeleton?


There are biocompatible materials which allow organic tissue to grow on an inorganic substrate.

Biomaterials can be derived either from nature or synthesized in the laboratory using a variety of chemical approaches utilizing metallic components, polymers, ceramics or composite materials. They are often used and/or adapted for a medical application, and thus comprises whole or part of a living structure or biomedical device which performs, augments, or replaces a natural function. Such functions may be relatively passive, like being used for a heart valve, or may be bioactive with a more interactive functionality such as hydroxy-apatite coated hip implants. Biomaterials are also used every day in dental applications, surgery, and drug delivery. For example, a construct with impregnated pharmaceutical products can be placed into the body, which permits the prolonged release of a drug over an extended period of time. A biomaterial may also be an autograft, allograft or xenograft used as a transplant material.

And there are interfaces between a neural system and an electronic system.

A brain-computer interface (BCI), sometimes called a neural-control interface (NCI), mind-machine interface (MMI), direct neural interface (DNI), or brain-machine interface (BMI), is a direct communication pathway between an enhanced or wired brain and an external device.

Mix the two, and you got the answer to your question.


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