Is That a Pilot in Your Pocket?


Mon, Oct 25th, 2004 01:13 by capnasty NEWS

How's this for slightly creepy? Using rat's neurons to control a plane in a flight simulator.

Somewhere in Florida, 25,000 disembodied rat neurons are thinking about flying an F-22.

These neurons are growing on top of a multi-electrode array and form a living "brain" that's hooked up to a flight simulator on a desktop computer. When information on the simulated aircraft's horizontal and vertical movements are fed into the brain by stimulating the electrodes, the neurons fire away in patterns that are then used to control its 'body' -- the simulated aircraft



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