[Cyborg] rat brain robots

Todd Anderson tanders at stanford.edu
Fri Oct 8 04:26:18 UTC 2010

The only paper I can retrieve in full is the ethics article (see attached).
I haven't read the paper yet - so please forgive the Donny Doubting - but I
do wonder about cultured neuron experiments in general: can we expect
neurons thrown together without a developmental wiring process (which, for
example, would usually lead to 3D connection maps) to produce a great amount
of computational power?  I am quite sure they make excellent artwork, as in
Stephen Potters work with Symbiotica (at the University of Western

On Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 6:37 AM, Eric Boyd <mrericboyd at yahoo.com> wrote:

> http://singularityhub.com/2010/10/06/videos-of-robot-controlled-by-rat-brain-amazing-technology-still-moving-forward/
> Kevin Warwick has been busy!  Apparently they have been culturing rat
> neurons, wiring them up to robots using electrode arrays and bluetooth,
> and figuring out how to train the "rat brain" to drive the robot around!
>  Videos show progress as being pretty good!
> The article links three academic papers they have written, but of course
> the full text is behind paywalls.  Anyone have access to those journals?
> Amazingly, Warwick's homepage (kevinwarwick.com) doesn't mention this
> research at all, especially since there are articles from the BBC about
> this from 2 years ago.
> I also found some research by Steve Potter of GATech in 2002, although
> he seems to be focussed on the neural culturing and electrode
> technologies, rather than the cyborg aspects.
> http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/13047/?a=f
> http://www.neuro.gatech.edu/groups/potter/animat.html
> Eric
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