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Add to our report on recent scientific progress in making science "fiction" into science reality, a robot with actual real, living brain tissue. Gordon is being referred to in the science and robotics communities as Frankenrobot.His robot cranium contains a blob of grey brain matter stitched together..




Add to our report on recent scientific progress in making science "fiction" into science reality, a robot with actual real, living brain tissue. Gordon is being referred to in the science and robotics communities as Frankenrobot.

His robot cranium contains a blob of grey brain matter stitched together from 50,000 to 100,000 living, cultured rat neurons that were extracted from rat fetuses and separated in an enzyme bath before being laid across a weave of electrodes that communicates with Gordon's body via Bluetooth. Oooh.

One of the many potential pursuits of brain knowledge possible with Frankenrobots like Gordon is to discern how memories are actually stored in the real human brain. Another pursuit is to further break down the barrier between natural and artificial intelligence to the point of intense creepiness.

Photo: Gordon and his brain







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