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May 2011
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Cultured biological neural network flies plane.


Okay, so, am I the only one who finds the potential impact of this so freakin' cool?

Neural interfacing. Really.


Current Mood: impressedimpressed


"am I the only one who..."


Interesting times.

Speaking professionally, growing a brain is a long way from doing anything with it that really would make a difference. It means they have the nutrient bath just right which will be important when studying epilepsy for example - you can also simulate stroke and see what happens to the entire brain, which is fascinating.

Until we learn how to fix injured brains we won't get far on neural interfacing as a reality unfortunately. Still, it's getting there. :)

And the skynet thing amused me. Hee :)

That's just it though. What they've done here is grown a neural network made of rat brain cells, on top of an electronic interface and gotten it to fly a plane. It's really remarkable.

Oooh, a pocket dragon :) Cool!

Um, yeah, but see, I'm not convinced. Yeah, you can get neurons to grow in culture, it's not hard given the right conditions, they will form connections and stuff, but fly a plane? Is it memory, is it learning, experimentation? Put it down to years of trying to make the suckers do things they don't like doing, like repair. You can get them to do one thing, but they don't do other things outside of that. It's like one path and one path only. I'll have to look for the actual research paper though cos that article is confusing to me. :)

Well, you can contact the scientist directly, if you like. The project page is here, the lab page is here, and while I can't find the paper about the pilot brain specifically, there is a publication describing the interface technology. =]

nope that rocks!