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zboy
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Icon 1 posted October 27, 2004 23:14      Profile for zboy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I don't know if any of you have heard about this yet, rather strange. You will need Media Player to watch the video.
http://www.exn.ca/news/video/exn2004/10/25/exn20041025-plane-brain.asx

This is a video of an experiment where rats brain cells fly a flight simulator of an F-22.

I am rather confused in how this all works, and wonder what kind of a person says, I am going to hook up rat brain cells to a computer.

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Stibbons
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Icon 1 posted October 28, 2004 02:50      Profile for Stibbons   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by zboy:
I am rather confused in how this all works, and wonder what kind of a person says, I am going to hook up rat brain cells to a computer.

A neuroscientist perhaps? [Razz]
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Icon 11 posted October 28, 2004 13:49      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I think this is really freaky and amazing, especially how the group of cultured cells from the rat joined together and formed their own network.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/10/041022104658.htm

When DeMarse first puts the neurons in the dish, they look like little more than grains of sand sprinkled in water. However, individual neurons soon begin to extend microscopic lines toward each other, making connections that represent neural processes. "You see one extend a process, pull it back, extend it out – and it may do that a couple of times, just sampling who's next to it, until over time the connectivity starts to establish itself," he said. "(The brain is) getting its network to the point where it's a live computation device."

It's mind boggling really!
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Mr Bill
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Icon 6 posted October 29, 2004 13:03      Profile for Mr Bill     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
What's the big deal? People have been controlling flight simulators with mice for years... [Smile]


"Flight 503 has been cancelled due to technical difficulties - the plane has a migraine."

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Icon 1 posted October 29, 2004 16:01            Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
They've been working with neural networks for years...but this is, I think, the first time they've tried to use real neurons to do it.

What may come out of this is, not only a new generation of computing hardware (that's really "wetware"), but a better understanding about how our own brains work. Nifty.

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