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Old 08-13-2008, 10:21 PM   #1
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Default Unholy science: Rat brain transplanted to a robot, and the robot works!!!

AFTER buttoning up a lab coat, snapping on surgical gloves and spraying them with alcohol, I am deemed sanitary enough to view a robot's control system up close. Without such precautions, any fungal spores on my skin could infect it. "We've had that happen. They just stop working and die off," says Mark Hammond, the system's creator.

This is no ordinary robot control system - a plain old microchip connected to a circuit board. Instead, the controller nestles inside a small pot containing a pink broth of nutrients and antibiotics. Inside that pot, some 300,000 rat neurons have made - and continue to make - connections with each other.
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Old 08-14-2008, 04:28 AM   #2
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Wow. This is probably a lot more significant than we realise.. Bio-computing? I don't even know what this is called, but 50 years from now is going to be producing some pretty cool stuff.
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Old 08-14-2008, 04:30 AM   #3
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wow, I wonder what other sort of logical functions they can get it to perform in the near future

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