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Brain cells of rats used within experimental robots

A team of researchers at the University of Reading have been working on getting neural networks to control machines, and have managed to successfully implant brain cells from a rat into simple wheeled robots.

Led by divisive part-human cyberneticist Kevin Warwick, the scientists extracted brain cells from the rats, cultured them, and then used them as a guidance control circuit. Electrical impulses go in, and the responses that come out then drive the device's wheels. The cells are living -- they can form new connections -- meaning that the robots can learn.

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