[Cyborg] rat brain robots

Eric Boyd mrericboyd at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 7 06:37:17 PDT 2010


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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