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Laser Control of Headless Fruit Flies Uncovers Secrets of the Mind. Decapitated flies flying, controlled by a laser. Implanting fruit flies with false memories and causing them to learn from mistakes they never made. welcome to our future world now. Make flies smell bananas when they see blue light, for example. Genetically modified fly can smell... - http://www.popsci.com/science...
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RatCar, A Japanese Robot Car Controlled By A Rat's Brain | Popular Science - http://www.popsci.com/technol...
RatCar, A Japanese Robot Car Controlled By A Rat's Brain | Popular Science
Robots are a major part of the cultural fabric of Japan; they’re performing weddings, buying groceries and keeping people company - pb:
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"Israel is developing an army of robotic fighting machines that offers a window onto the potential future of warfare. Sixty years of near-constant war, a low tolerance for enduring casualties in conflict, and its high-tech industry have long made Israel one of the world's leading innovators of military robotics - pb:
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Culturing brain material and plugging it into robots, or "animats" as they are known. Rise of the rat-brained robots. This is no ordinary robot control system - a plain old microchip connected to a circuit board. Instead, the controller nestles inside a small pot containing a pink broth of nutrients and antibiotics. Inside that pot, some 300,000... - http://www.newscientist.com/article...
..300,000 rat neurons have made - and continue to make - connections with each other. ..... To create the "brain", the neural cortex from a rat fetus is surgically removed and disassociating enzymes applied to it to disconnect the neurons from each other. The researchers then deposit a slim layer of these isolated neurons into a nutrient-rich medium on a bank of electrodes, where they start reconnecting. They do this by growing projections that reach out to touch the neighbouring neurons. "It's just fascinating that they do this," says Steve Potter of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, who pioneered the field of neurally controlled animats. "Clearly brain cells have evolved to reconnect under almost any circumstance that doesn't kill them." .... - pb: from Bookmarklet
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The Cyborg Beetle - remotely controlling the flight of beetles. Attaching radio antennas and embedding electrodes in the insects' optic lobes, flight muscles and brains. manipulate subjects into taking off, hovering in midair and turning on command. The trick? Wirelessly delivering jolts to a microbattery fastened to a circuit board atop the... - http://www.time.com/time...
The Cyborg Beetle - remotely controlling the flight of beetles. Attaching radio antennas and embedding electrodes in the insects' optic lobes, flight muscles and brains. manipulate subjects into taking off, hovering in midair and turning on command. The trick? Wirelessly delivering jolts to a microbattery fastened to a circuit board atop the hapless insects
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iPhone Touchscreen Interface Puts Robot Control At Your Fingertips - http://www.popsci.com/technol...
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Swarms of Solar Microbots May Revolutionize Data Gathering, collecting data to aid in surveillance, micromanufacturing, medicine, and more. Size under 1 mm square. - http://www.inhabitat.com/2009...
Swarms of Solar Microbots May Revolutionize Data Gathering, collecting data to aid in surveillance, micromanufacturing, medicine, and more. Size under 1 mm square.
Swarms of Solar Microbots May Revolutionize Data Gathering, collecting data to aid in surveillance, micromanufacturing, medicine, and more. Size under 1 mm square.
here it is .... the beginning of the end of the world as we know it..of reality as we know it. ..robots, nanorobots, invisibility, immortality, new life forms design - pb:
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Harnessing blowflies to teach robots how to see. Fly put on "flight simulator", to find out how their pinhead brain can process visual info amounts 4 times that of human brain.. Blowflies are brilliant fliers: able to change direction in an instant, reverse direction at high speed, avoid obstacles and land with great precision. - http://www.gizmag.com/harness...
Harnessing blowflies to teach robots how to see. Fly put on "flight simulator", to find out how their pinhead brain can process visual info amounts 4 times that of human brain.. Blowflies are brilliant fliers: able to change direction in an instant, reverse direction at high speed, avoid obstacles and land with great precision.
And it all comes down to exceptional eyesight. A blowfly’s compound eyes obviously deliver an enormous amount of visual information ..... Rather than trying to make sense of objects, the fly simply registers them as movements in relation to itself – so an object to the side rushes past and one in front gets bigger ....... There are, incredibly, only 120 nerve cells in this vision center, but each one will react with particular intensity when presented with the pattern appropriate to it. ..... It’s as though you could steer a fly by pressing any one of 120 buttons. ..fly also has superior sense of smell ----- a miracle of life, a supersuper computer, small living organism - pb: from Bookmarklet
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Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man - http://www.nytimes.com/2009...
Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man
Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man
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Gesture recognition yields the virtual remote control. ‘Wave of the hand ‘ technology. 2007 - http://www.gizmag.com/go/7665/
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Japanese scientists creating robot-insects hybrids. Insect's tiny brains are excellent bundle of software. - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science...
Japanese scientists creating robot-insects hybrids. Insect's tiny brains are excellent bundle of software.
male silkmoths can track down females from half a mile away by sensing their smell. ... hopes to artificially recreate insect brains .... "It will be possible to recreate an insect brain with electronic circuits in the future. This would lead to controlling a real brain by modifying its circuits," he said - pb: from Bookmarklet
In an example of 'rewriting' insect brain circuits, the team succeeded in genetically modifying a male silkmoth so that it reacts to light instead of odour, or to the odour of a different kind of moth - pb:
Such modifications could pave the way to creating a robo-bug which could in future sense illegal drugs several kilometres away, as well as landmines, people buried under rubble, or toxic gas, the professor said. .... In one experiment, a live male moth was strapped onto what looks like a battery-driven toy car, its back glued securely to the frame while its legs move across a free-spinning ball. .... Researchers motivate the insect to turn left or right by using female odour. - pb:
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Fwd: Stephen Hawking: "Humans Have Entered a New Stage of Evolution" || http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_webl... (via http://friendfeed.com/purefol...)
"At first, evolution proceeded by natural selection, from random mutations. This Darwinian phase, lasted about three and a half billion years, and produced us, beings who developed language, to exchange information." ........ But what distinguishes us from our cave man ancestors is the knowledge that we have accumulated over the last ten thousand years, and particularly, Hawking points out, over the last three hundred. ......... "I think it is legitimate to take a broader view, and include externally transmitted information, as well as DNA, in the evolution of the human race," Hawking said - pb:
this wonderful article begs one question - what is life, after all ?? ... the definition - pb:
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Robo-bat swoops into action. Wing flapping Micro Aerial Vehicle weights 6 grams. - http://www.techradar.com/news...
Robo-bat swoops into action. Wing flapping Micro Aerial Vehicle weights 6 grams.
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