Rat Brain Trained to Fly Jet (Army of Ninja Assassins Soon to Follow…)

Yeah, we know that title is a total mind-fiduck, but such is life.AA And yes, we mean the brain; no body, just the brain.

Scientists from the University of Florida first grew a "brain" from 25,000 neural cells extracted from a rat embryo, and if growing brains wasn’t enough, they then proceeded to teach it how to play elaborate videogames.AA The Brain first struggled in the cockpit of a simulated F-22 jet (was The Brain aware that it was only a simulation, and if not, was this ethical treatment of The Brain?), but rapidly learned to keep the plane’s trajectory on point, even in hurricane-force wind.
Here’s a quote from Dr. Thomas DeMarsh, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at University of Florida and, more notably, the evil genius who actually had the cojones to begin training the army of rats that will soon rule the empire of the united states… ahem… well then, let’s get on with the quote, shall we:

"When we first hooked them up, the plane ‘crashed’ all the time…but over time, the neural network slowly adapts as the brain learns to control the pitch and roll of the aircraft. After a while, it produces a nice straight and level trajectory."

Scientists hope that their research will lead to the integration of organic components into machines and vice-versa. Well, I could go either way on that one, but let’s save that for another post, mmmkay?

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Posted: July 21st, 2006
at 5:39am by Black Ock

Categories: life,too good to be true

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