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Rat-Brained Robots Take Their First Steps

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the aside-from-snow-crash-and-politics dept.

Robotics 289

missb writes "Brain tissue cultured from rats has controlled a wheeled robot around a lab, according to New Scientist this week. Researchers in the UK have harnessed signals from thousands of disembodied rat neurons, and manipulated them to get a robot to respond to instructions. The team at the University of Reading in the UK hope their research will help provide treatments for diseases like Alzheimer's and epilepsy."

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What the hell is going on with the markets? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24587935)

My stock portfolio is taking it up the ass

Re:What the hell is going on with the markets? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24588007)

Dude, where's my car?

Re:What the hell is going on with the markets? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24588035)

It's up the parent's stock portfolio's ass, you insensitive clod!

Re:What the hell is going on with the markets? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24588099)

I'm wearing clod hoppers, you insensitive clod!

Rat-Brained overlords (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24587967)

I for one welcome our new Rat-Brained Robot overlords!

Re:Rat-Brained overlords (3, Insightful)

colmore (56499) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588415)

Does anyone else out there take science fiction just a *little* bit seriously and think that some of the robotics innovations over the past 10 or 15 years might be a little bit dangerous?

AI is actually a little bit impressive, there just isn't a market for it yet.

Re:Rat-Brained overlords (2, Insightful)

thedonger (1317951) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588563)

Right. We try to develop something in a few years that took a hundred million years to evolve and expect that if we manage to duplicate it somehow it will be totally benign?

Re:Rat-Brained overlords (2, Insightful)

thedonger (1317951) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588623)

And don't forget Asimov and other sci-fi writers were thinking of these implications half a century ago and more. Is this life imitating art?

House of Mirrors (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24588773)

For all we really know, we are nothing more then an AI experiment.

Re:Rat-Brained overlords (5, Informative)

colmore (56499) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588691)

Just because White Man's Science has yet to be stricken down by the angered Old Gods doesn't mean it won't.

Re:Rat-Brained overlords (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24588541)

As soon as I read the summary, I just knew some bar steward would get straight onto this story and post an 'I welcome our blah blah overlords' post.

I fear that I have been on Slashdot for too long.

Names please. (5, Funny)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 6 years ago | (#24587971)

What was the lead researcher's name? Davros?

Re:Names please. (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588289)

The big question is can it climb stairs. I mean how can you conquer the Universe if you can't even climb stairs.
I have to say that this really creeps me out.

Re:Names please. (1)

SlipperHat (1185737) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588643)

Invent jetpacks.

Re:Names please. (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588783)

Desty Nova

SWEET!!! (1)

AnomaliesAndrew (908394) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588835)

So this means when I get Alzheimer's, I can get a rat-brain-controlled robot to do my chores..?

Re:Names please. (4, Funny)

SirLurksAlot (1169039) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588937)

This gives a whole new meaning to "EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE!"

Obligatory.. (0, Redundant)

ElizabethGreene (1185405) | more than 6 years ago | (#24587977)

I, for one, welcome our rat brained robotic overlords.

Shit. (1)

gcnaddict (841664) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588015)

So we need to expect a cyborg rat invasion now?

I, for the rest, do not welcome our rat brained robotic overlords.

Re:Shit. (1)

colmore (56499) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588649)

Anyone else read "We 3"

One of the best comics in the past few years.

Re:Shit. (1)

bishiraver (707931) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588837)

Let's just hope they don't have bluetooth connections to each other - after a couple hundred of them huddle together, they can cast fifth level spells!!!

Re:Obligatory.. (1)

pha7boy (1242512) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588071)

and welcome ye shall. Because, nothing, absolutely NOTHING, can go wrong when you put rat brains into metallic bodies. No, nothing can go wrong. I also hope they add those gold plated nano-wires that convert heat to electricity, so they can be autonomous for years on end. *walks away whistling as the world burns behind him*

Re:Obligatory.. (1)

wealthychef (584778) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588497)

Oh, come on, you paranoid person! It's not like they put rats in control of tanks and filled the world with cheese. They are experimenting with a proof of concept. They aren't going to take this to the cartoonish conclusion that you guys are jumping to. LOL

Re:Obligatory.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24588131)

...rat brained robotic overlords.

They prefer to be called 'lawyers'.

Re:Obligatory.. (4, Insightful)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588177)

What exactly would robots with rat brains want to do, since they can't do any of their natural biological functions?

Re:Obligatory.. (4, Funny)

TheNucleon (865817) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588405)

Conquer the world, of course. This was the first conclusion I came to.

Re:Obligatory.. (2, Funny)

TheoMurpse (729043) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588789)

NARF!

Re:Obligatory.. (1)

dcollins (135727) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588581)

Kill all humans.

Re:Obligatory.. (4, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588597)

The same thing we do every night, Pinky - try to take over the world.

I'll raise you... (2, Funny)

whopub (1100981) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588309)

That's nothing compared to the robot-brained rats I've been working on!

I, for one, (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24587979)

can't resist making a comment about welcoming our future rat-brained overlords

Re:I, for one, (3, Funny)

BPPG (1181851) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588477)

What are we going to do tomorrow night?

The same thing we do every night, TRY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!

Oh No! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24587981)

PITA is going to have a field day with this one.

Re:Oh No! (1)

just_another_sean (919159) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588067)

PITA is going to have a field day with this one.

It's PETA. Not Pain In The Ass (although some do feel that way about them); People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

As to whether or not said field day will occur, I will abstain from commenting as I have not RTFA. But it would not surprise me if they do.

Re:Oh No! (1)

SkyDude (919251) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588505)

It's PETA. Not Pain In The Ass (although some do feel that way about them); People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

People Eating Tasty Animals

LOVE the misspelling (0)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588087)

PITA is going to have a field day with this one.

LOVE the misspelling of PETA. How true, how true...

Re:LOVE the misspelling (2, Funny)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588167)

Actually GP is correct ... he is referring to People for the Insensitive Treatment of Animals.

Re:LOVE the misspelling (1)

CogDissident (951207) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588239)

Insensitive? The rat has no brain, hard for it to sense much of anything. *badum-chi*

Re:Oh No! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24588089)

Really? I didn't realize that flat bread was so cognizant. Just spread some couscous on it, it should appease them.

What does it do when you show it cheese ? (3, Funny)

slashdotlurker (1113853) | more than 6 years ago | (#24587985)

Curious minds want to know.

What in the... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24588009)

Am I the only one who fails to see how these rodent zombie robots have anything to do with Alzheimer's?

Re:What in the... (2, Insightful)

juiceboxfan (990017) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588143)

Am I the only one who fails to see how these rodent zombie robots have anything to do with Alzheimer's?

Obviously, you get more funding if you include a hot research topic in the project description.

Re:What in the... (1, Insightful)

Normal Dan (1053064) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588145)

Researchers were all like, "Hey, let's build a robot with a rat brain, that will be fun!" But then one of them said, "But how will we fund this pointless yet awesome endeavor?". To that the reply was, "umm... let's just tell everyone it'll help cure Alzheimer's or epilepsy or autism or something, they'll have to fund it then."

Re:What in the... (5, Insightful)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588237)

Am I the only one who fails to see how these rodent zombie robots have anything to do with Alzheimer's?

Perhaps you could try RTFAing, then applying some logical thought.

They're studying how disassociated nerons make new connections and can be trained to reliably respond to stimuli, and how that response can be used to create predictable behavior.

Now go ahead STFW for the pathophysiology of Alzheimers, and it's pretty easy to see how this could be useful in understanding Alzheimers, and perhaps in (eventually, with a lot of steps inbetween) help either prevent it, delay its onset, or reverse it.

Re:What in the... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24588613)

Anonymous Coward here. No reason to be rude. I read the article. What I don't understand is why they need to be connected to robots. It just seems like Alzheimer's is a secondary goal here, since I'm sure they could do experiments about training neurons to respond to stimuli that are less costly.

I'm even fine with them hooking the robot up to an ultrasound. What I don't understand is the need for them to build a bluetooth robot to process the results. It seems silly.

Re:What in the... (3, Insightful)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588885)

Well, the robot in this case performs two functions: one is to provide the stimuli, one is to measure the response. It's a machine capable of locomotion.

The reason for the bluetooth is because the braincell broth needs to be maintained at a certain temperature and kept stable, and wireless is probably the best way to make sure the robot doesn't damage the brain cells or upset their alignment, say by jerking on an electrode tether.

I see your point, it does seem awfully gimmicky... but the nice thing about it is that it is modular. Their "sensory" system can be swapped out easily for additonal experiments.

Re:What in the... (4, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588345)

Am I the only one who fails to see how these rodent zombie robots have anything to do with Alzheimer's?

Well I assume it's because having a zombie rat robot come at you is something not even an Alzheimer's sufferer would forget.

Re:What in the... (1)

AP31R0N (723649) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588573)

It's about learning how to reroute data through the parts of the brain that are damaged. Or perhaps to replace those parts.

Remember Saturn 3? (1)

mlwmohawk (801821) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588011)

Re:Remember Saturn 3? (1)

MBCook (132727) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588227)

Really? I was thinking of how scientists recently created a sheep with the brain of a goat [youtube.com] .

The story was reported by The Onion, this is just the link I came across for it.

More like (1)

Derosian (943622) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588629)

Actually this reminds me of an anime recently released in Japan by the name of Ghost Hound, apparently by the same person who did Ghost in the Shell and supposedly of the same quality. I wouldn't know, I've only seen half the series but what I saw was relatively thought provoking and definitely interesting.

That outcome is very much exaggerated. (4, Insightful)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588025)

"The team at the University of Reading in the UK hope their research will help provide treatments for diseases like Alzheimer's and epilepsy."

That outcome is very much exaggerated, apparently to try to get more attention. Any such result would depend on other huge advancements not yet made.

It's Kevin Warwick. (4, Insightful)

gedhrel (241953) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588217)

Hugely inflated claims? From Captain Cyborg? To generate press attention?

Film, as they say, at eleven.

Re:That outcome is very much exaggerated. (2, Informative)

Joe Tie. (567096) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588277)

To be fair, you kind of have to play the game to get funding at times. At least "It'll save the lives of our troops!" wasn't on there.

Re:That outcome is very much exaggerated. (0, Flamebait)

Ngarrang (1023425) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588479)

That outcome is very much exaggerated, apparently to try to get more attention. Any such result would depend on other huge advancements not yet made.

You must be new to the business of grants and how to get them.

At present it is just an interconnect (2, Insightful)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588631)

They put a 1V signal in and find a place where a 100mV signal shows itself and take that as an output. That is then used to stimulate the robot platform's turning logic.

A random bag of paper clips would do the same.

Call me back when they have decision making.

Re:That outcome is very much exaggerated. (1)

samkass (174571) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588677)

I gather that their cure for Alzheimer's and epilepsy is apparently to remove the brain and place it in a robotic body?

Re:That outcome is very much exaggerated. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24588831)

If they submit a research paper without suggesting an eventual goal for their research, then you would be complaining that they were wasting time and money pointlessly.

Tom, (1)

slashdotlurker (1113853) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588031)

meet Jerry.

Welcome masters! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24588041)

I for one would like to welcome our new rat-brained, robot overlords...

this is old news (5, Funny)

iXiXi (659985) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588047)

We have had these running around here for years. We just called them MBA's.

Re:this is old news (2, Funny)

Dekortage (697532) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588603)

They tried a mass of politician neurons first, but the robot kept speeding directly for the wall.

next step: politics (3, Funny)

syrinx (106469) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588065)

Surely a rat brain would be an improvement over the standard politician's brain.

Are the rats by any chance named.... (1)

8127972 (73495) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588081)

.... Morbius? [wikipedia.org]

Er.. (1, Insightful)

AlterRNow (1215236) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588091)

Something is amiss with this. I can understand the robot reacting to the "signals" from the neurons but.. how do the neurons know where the walls are? I would imagine that 3,000 neurons isn't enough to parse any input it is being provided ( ultra-sound by the looks of it ) let alone figure out which direction to move in to avoid them.

Re:Er.. (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588221)

Where are you getting 3,000 from? I scanned the article and saw 300,000

Re:Er.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24588601)

Where are you getting 3,000 from? I scanned the article and saw 300,000

Anyway 300,000 is not enough for what AlterRNow thought. But he's in a missunderstanding of what the article says.
The little -very very little have to say- brain they use to handle the robot movements isn't being aware of where the walls are.
If you read the linked article, the thing works this way:

[1] Robot has a ultrasonic sensor which manage to find where walls are, how close, etc.
[2] That sensor sends a signal to the brain, which reacts to the voltage applied.
[3] The brain sends back a very litle voltage which makes the robot to avoid the wall.

So no intelligence nor processing actually happen on that little brain. It just reacts in front of a voltage and sends a simple signal back.

Re:Er.. (1)

eric.rakestraw (1197879) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588483)

From TFA:

They then record the spikes of voltage produced at points within the culture when signals from the sensor are sent to it. When they find an area that fires consistently when the sensor input reaches it, those signals can be picked up by an electrode and used to, say, make the robot avoid an obstruction.

It seems as though the neurons don't really parse the input at all. They simply 'fire' whenever they are fed a certain signal from the ultrasound input.

For example, if the ultrasound sensor indicates "wall dead ahead" with a 1 volt signal, and a certain knot of neurons in the culture always generates a 100-microvolt action potential when that happens, the latter signal can be used to make the robot steer right or left to avoid the wall.

So the robot then interprets the neurons' firing as an indication that it is close to a wall, and changes direction accordingly.

In all, it appears that only a tiny bit of "processing" is actually being done by the neurons, and it may be misleading to imply that they are really "controlling" the direction of the robot. All they do is fire in response to a voltage generated by the ultrasound input; it is the robot which interprets this firing as "a wall is close, time to change direction."

Still quite an impressive breakthrough, though.

Re:Er.. (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588617)

Well, from a very brief look at TFA, it looks like they're growing something that resembles a mini-bio-microchip then attempting to basically reverse-engineer it by applying voltage here and seeing what the voltage is elsewhere. Then when they see a pattern, I recall the article said they apply 1v somewhere and they get 100mv somewhere else, they can attach probes and connect it to physical sensors and controls and they got about 80% success... i.e. about 80% of the time the 1v impulse generated the desired 100mv signal that turned the robot.

Really interesting stuff, I have to say, but it's a long way from understanding how the brain works. It might be the right road, though... maybe we'll get there eventually.

Re:Er.. (2, Interesting)

GrievousMistake (880829) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588733)

Article says 300,000, a bit more than the average fruit fly [wikipedia.org]
You can do a lot with quite few neurons, too. You don't really need to 'parse' the input, just simple fuzzy logic, something like "if we're close to a wall in one direction, swing to the other." Using even 3,000 neurons to do what you could do by hardwiring a couple of resistors from the prox. sensors to the wheel engines would be a criminal waste.
Ever played Bug Brain, BTW? Wicked fun!

Aaargh (3, Funny)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588111)

Suddenly, I just can't stop screaming.

Oh no a meme is coming.... (1)

Dareth (47614) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588725)

All hail our cheese eating robotic overlords!

What was that sound? (4, Insightful)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588165)

It was the whoosh of grant money going down the drain.

This work will hopefully contribute to our knowledge of how brains work, but its potential should not be exaggerated, says Potter. "This system is a model. Everything it does is merely similar to what goes on in a brain, it's not really the same thing. We can learn about the brain - but it may mislead us."

What? Is he serious, making a statement like that? Does he think grants grow on trees, that he can so blithely disregard the opportunity for sensationalistic coverage and the resultant exposure to those who issue private grants? Sure, Alzheimer's is mentioned, which is a nice hook, but he needs to make ridiculous claims in order to break through the wall of grant-deniers.

Sheesh. What is the academic world coming to, that they make responsible statements regarding their research?

Misleading headline... (1)

polyomninym (648843) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588169)

I totally thought this was about some greenhorn politicians ;) Ok, I think I feel my karma dropping already.

Re:Misleading headline... (1)

kungfugleek (1314949) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588637)

It is.

"Nixon's back, baby!! Brrrrrrr!!!" (Futurama quote)

Yeah, but... (1)

FlyingSquidStudios (1031284) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588179)

Unlike rats, you can't eat a robot.




What?!

Re:Yeah, but... (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588287)

Unlike rats, you can't eat a robot.

Maybe you can't.

Re:Yeah, but... (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588371)

Carne de rata.

Re:Yeah, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24588901)

You can with these. They're crunchy outside, but with a creamy filling.

Jack the sound barrier. Bring the noise! (4, Funny)

laejoh (648921) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588201)

Will these rat things be programmed never to break the sound barrier in a populated area?

Cylon Raider Prototype (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24588241)

Is this the first Cylon Raider?

This is a treatment for brain disease? (1)

theCat (36907) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588285)

FTW. Who are they trying to kid? They are building man/machine interfaces. Unless they plan of replacing human CNS components (brain stem?) with electronics then I don't see the connection at all.

They should just come clean and say what they are doing, which is probably cool in itself, but a little spooky; they are building cyborgs.

But that isn't going to nail any grants from the NIH, so they go with the "aid to the afflicted" thing. Crap. And if they are going to lie and deflect on the basics, I guess they'll not end it there: Who said those are rat neurons? When does it become not rat neurons but human neurons, who decides that, and who advocates for those human neurons? When it is human, what does that make the rolling "machine" under those neurons -- a mobility assistance device? What if the damned thing exhibits delta waves at some point?

Send that whole team to a week-long ethics retreat -- every year -- we can *not* afford any f*ckups on this one.

Cool name (3, Insightful)

wcrowe (94389) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588343)

"Rat-Brained Robots" would make a good name for a punk band.

obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24588355)

I for one welcome our new rat brained overlords...

Yikes!! (1)

mlwmohawk (801821) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588389)

This is simultaneously one of the more interesting, exciting, and terrifying news Items I've seen a while.

Ohhhh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24588433)

So THAT is the secret of Nimh!

Chainsaw hands. . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24588555)

Bzzzzzzzzzzz!

Robots with mice brains? (1)

ashmon (592459) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588559)

We are Borg you will be assimilated... STOMP. Assimilate that.

Rats now.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24588569)

RoboCop next!

LOL! (1)

ZonkerWilliam (953437) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588589)

I keep imagining a robot that keeps trying to crawl behind the fridge when you turn on the lights!

Life imitates Snow Crash (1)

DBoneMcShumonster (1344171) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588605)

Are these rat things powered by radio-isotopes? If so, I think Stephenson may have some prior art in the area.

Future LucasArts project... (3, Funny)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588639)

Reading about disembodied rat-brains and what George Lucas can do with a script got me thinking about future projects for LucasArts... Announcing the new animated film from George Lucas, Scott Adams and George Romero, Night of the Living Ratbert, featuring the disembodied brain of Jar Jar.
  • Qui-Gon: You almost got us killed. Are you brainless?
  • Jar Jar: I spake.
  • Qui-Gon: The ability to speak does not make you intelligent.
  • Jar Jar: "The Bosses would do terrible tings to me, terrible tings to me if me goin' back dere!"
  • Qui-Gon: "Do you hear that? "
  • Jar Jar:"Yah."
  • Qui-Gon: "That is the sound of a thousand disembodied rat-brains heading this way."
    Off in the distance: "Brains, braaiinnss..."
  • Qui-Gon: (Starts hacking with lightsaber.)
  • Jar Jar: Messa feel strange... Brains, braaiinnss...

Sepultura (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24588695)

does this mean that biotech is no longer godzilla?

Strangelove (1)

Blackhalo (572408) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588697)

How long until we have the first rat-brained cruise missile? ICBM? How far are we ahead of the Chinese in rat-brain technology? How big is the rat-brain GAP? Will anyone miss Wisconsin?

You will be upgraded.. .. hey.. we're down here! (1)

Channard (693317) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588813)

Uh oh.. it can only be a short time until we're under siege from an army of very small Cybermen.

Where have all the good people gone? (5, Insightful)

OxFF52 (1126819) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588847)

I found this article... then checked Slashdot.

Where have all the intelligent slashdotters gone? Let's all STOP trying to come up with the funniest one-liner and talk about the subject at hand here.

They have taken brain cells and taught them to control a robot. This is simply freakin' astounding!

What else has been done related to this such as MEMS? Anyone?

What could possibly go wrong? (1)

Narcocide (102829) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588933)

Seriously... if the outcome of that similar-themed Shadowrun campaign we did all those years ago is any indication, these people need to be stopped at any cost...

How would you like it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24588947)

What must it be like, to be a brain controlling a robot?

From the article, I doubt that the mesh of neurons controlling the ratbot is necessarily sufficient to sustain a normal level of rat-consciousness, but what if it was?

In short, I think this brings us much closer to a very large number of very large ethical questions when it comes to life and the mind. We can (somewhat) safely assume that our current robots are not sentient, but what if they are controlled by biological brains, the DNA of which intended them to be part of a living body?

University of Reading (1)

smoker2 (750216) | more than 6 years ago | (#24588993)

Pronounced "Redding" if you ever need to speak the name aloud. In the same vein as Leicester is pronounced Lester, not Ly-sester.
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  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>