Robots can be mush-brained, too

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.


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?

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Semi-retired academic from Harvard, Boston University, Fulbright Commission, Universidad Laica Eloy Alfaro de Manta, currently columnist for El Diario de Portoviejo and La Marea de Manta.
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5 Responses to Robots can be mush-brained, too

  1. Rat brain powered robots? What next? Human brain powered computers?

  2. That is crazy! If it breaks I hope they have a good Multi Function Tool to fix it!

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  4. They better have something to fix it if it breaks. Technology now a day’s just blows my mind.

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