Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Rat Brain Trained to Pilot Jet Simulator

In a fascinating recent experiment at the University of Florida, researchers have created a "brain" by extracting the neural cells of a rat embryo and laying them across a dish lined with electrodes. Once in the dish, neurons began forming connections to create a single computational unit. The electrodes were then connected to a computer and the brain was trained to pilot an F-22 jet simulator. Although unsuccessful at first, over time the brain began to learn how to control the jet, even under extreme weather conditions.
Experiments like this are a critical step in fully understanding how biological neurons perform calculations and store information as collective entities.

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