Archive for August 14th, 2008

Robots can be mush-brained, too

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Meet Gordon, probably the world’s first robot controlled exclusively by living brain tissue.

Stitched together from cultured rat neurons, Gordon’s primitive grey matter was designed at the University of Reading by scientists who unveiled the neuron-powered machine on Wednesday.

Their groundbreaking experiments explore the vanishing boundary between natural and artificial intelligence, and could shed light on the fundamental building blocks of memory and learning, one of the lead researchers told AFP.

from Breitbart.com

Some days our brain feels as though its been stitched together. These developments raise a number of interesting questions. Will a robot with an organic brain be an android? Will organic carbon-based computers replace inorganic silicon-based ones? Will organic processors be susceptible to sunspots, moon tides, or seasonal affective disorder? Won’t upkeep be messy?