Scientists Making Organic Computers With Rat, Monkey Brains
Yes you read that right, we are more close to borgs than ever before. Scientists are actually connecting multiple animal brains with computers to make them perform tasks together and ultimately create organic computers.
A research and experiment was performed by Miguel Nicolelis, a neurobiologist at Duke University Medical Center and his team where they used rat brains and interconnected them with microscopic wire implants.
As a result, the rats were able to transfer data between their brains and work together to perform tasks like movement.
The rats could divide tasks across animals, so their individual workload was much smaller. We didn’t expect that in the beginning. We hope to be able to report data on such research in a few months. One day this could also help stroke patients, epilepsy patients and patients with other neurological disorders. Also, this could be done non-invasively, instead of having to use implants like we did in our experiments with monkeys and rats.
They have now taken the experiment up another notch by using monkey brains to create connections that they call “brainets.”
These sets of brainets used two or three monkeys who were then used to move and control a virtual monkey arm that was displayed in front of them on the screen.
Using rewards like juices to lure the monkeys they managed to make them move the virtual arm from one point to another. It was also noted that the more they trained the monkeys, the better was their coordination and outcomes.
Keep checking back for more updates on this and the development in the field of organic computers.
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