[Cyborg] rat brain robots

ch_luk at berkeley.edu ch_luk at berkeley.edu
Sun Oct 10 01:48:11 UTC 2010

Echo Todd - no rat brain papers found. Attached is the paper detailing his
Cyborg 2.0 test described in: http://www.kevinwarwick.com/Cyborg2.htm

Steve Potter's old advisor Jerry Pine also does neurons-on-chip work too:


If you want to seek more people doing similar research, Neurotree does
reasonably well by linking advisors to mentees, who then become advisors

Here are people linked with Jerry Pine:

Theodore Berger at USC is doing the inverse to the brain-on-silicon work
of Warwick. Berger lab's is creating a silicon implant that would replace
part of the brain, specifically the hippocampus.


~ Chung-Hay

> 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
> Australia)!
> 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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