[Cyborg] rat brain robots

ch_luk at berkeley.edu ch_luk at berkeley.edu
Sat Oct 9 18:48:11 PDT 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:

http://www.its.caltech.edu/~pinelab/new_pinelab_site/pinelab1/index.html

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

Here are people linked with Jerry Pine:
http://neurotree.org/neurotree/tree.php?pid=13564


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.

http://www.neural-prosthesis.com/index-1.html

~ 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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