Aug 15, 2008

the robot lives!

A robot with a brain made of real nerves: the apocalypse inches closer.
The robot’s biological brain is made up of cultured neurons which are placed onto a multi electrode array (MEA). The MEA is a dish with approximately 60 electrodes which pick up the electrical signals generated by the cells. This is then used to drive the movement of the robot. Every time the robot nears an object, signals are directed to stimulate the brain by means of the electrodes. In response, the brain's output is used to drive the wheels of the robot, left and right, so that it moves around in an attempt to avoid hitting objects. The robot has no additional control from a human or a computer, its sole means of control is from its own brain.
The robot has no memory yet, though researchers are steadfastly teaching it, hoping that it will be able to pass the SAT within a year.

[via a series of links starting here]

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