View Full Version : The age of cyborgs is at hand!

13-08-2008, 21:02:59
Scientists grow a collection of rat brain cells in the lab and watch how these growing cells form connections to each other. Scientists then hook up this pseudo rat brain to a little robotic ratmobile and this is the result.


Dyl Ulenspiegel
13-08-2008, 21:50:09
That's not MrB!

13-08-2008, 22:10:14
That was done at Reading University, which is right by my house. I might have to get one of those cool little rat-robots for myself...

13-08-2008, 23:25:27

Greg W
14-08-2008, 01:44:22
Originally posted by Dyl Ulenspiegel
That's not MrB! No, mr_B would run into the wall.

14-08-2008, 08:19:57
so there's a load of rat braincells in a jar remotely controlling a robot? we're one step nearer to cyberdyne systems.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
14-08-2008, 08:21:56
That's a lot of progress from the G.W.Bush-version.

14-08-2008, 08:23:58
he's already unleashed skynet, we have brains in jars controlling cyborgs. aargh. the prophecy! the prophecy!

i'm off to build a shelter in my garden.

14-08-2008, 08:32:08
That is cool.

14-08-2008, 10:33:15
it looks like it's rather shortsighted....

couldn't they mount better lenses, to allow it spotting a wall from a bit farther away?

14-08-2008, 10:42:28
I remember an interview I saw with Jim Watson where he said unlocking how the brain works would have been the next "big thing" he'd like to see tackled. This is neat stuff.

14-08-2008, 12:03:00
Originally posted by MoSe
it looks like it's rather shortsighted....

couldn't they mount better lenses, to allow it spotting a wall from a bit farther away?

They're ultrasound sensors I think.

14-08-2008, 13:15:18
Yeah, it isn't thinking it's just responding predictably when ever the sensor goes off. But I guess that's the first step.

14-08-2008, 13:22:19
Hasta la vista, baby

14-08-2008, 13:25:36
Are people criticising the first ever rat brain robot for being a bit stupid? :eek:

14-08-2008, 13:26:48
We want it to run but it is barely walking... er, rolling. :(


14-08-2008, 13:28:29
See the video where they stick a cat in with it.

14-08-2008, 13:30:17
as always, the youtube comments are awesome

Shut up you fucking idiot. Im quite happy to see as many rats go to various experiments as we progress as a species.

Hows about you go live in the wild and see how forgiving your little animal friends really are. douchebag.

14-08-2008, 13:38:10
Great, but how will this help the cause of 3d-porn?

'll just turn it upside-down.
Where's it's wheels now?!
Ha ha ha ha ha, i win again .. uh.. unnature...?

14-08-2008, 13:39:16

(Read the picture subtitle)

15-08-2008, 07:55:10
The digital plague will be upon us