The Singularity is Near: Robot with Rat Brain

Tyler and I argued recently about whether or not humans will be recognizably human in 500 years. Some data is provided in this video from Wired Science and more discussion in this paper.

Perhaps most important to note is that the robot with rat brain was created by a proto-cyborg.

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Hey. this is nothing. Have you all not heard about those mice with fully functioning human brains?

Is there a paper about this device? I would like to actually see the tech specs.

Exterminate!

Start of something bigger in the future, like a human brain controlling a robot. I am afraid that is the direction of the experiment. Start on mIce then on humans.

Mostly hype.

The only achievement here is translating cellular electric activity into machine movement. Capturing cells' electric activity is something physiologists have been doing for roughly half a century and physicists have known how to translate any electric signal into machine locomotion for about 100 years now.

It's a fun technical tweak of things and I understand one has to start somewhere but lets be real - so far there is absolutely nothing new or surprising in this gadget.

500 years? It's a virtual certainty that humans or a meaningful segment of them will be unrecognizable as human by then. The over/under is more like 100 yrs, not 500.

When I was a graduate student at UCLA I felt the laboratory using the eel brain control of small wheeled robot. They lived only a few hours, though, if I remember correctly.

Forget this : we already have a mad machine connected to a rat brain here, in France : our government. And it already reached nuclear capabality.

I read the article and agree with Chris and DK. The *only* thing they did was locate a pair of points where the output point activity correlated with the input point's, then connected those two points like a piece of wire into an existing electronic circuit that does all the work. You might as well have connected the two ends of a hot dog to a power cord and claimed it "learned how to fry."

"Start of something bigger in the future, like a human brain controlling a robot. I am afraid that is the direction of the experiment. Start on mIce then on humans."

You mean, like predator drones? Oh wait, we have that already.

then connected those two points like a piece of wire into an existing electronic circuit that does all the work.

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