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Scientists Create Robot With Living Brain

Professor Kevin Warwick and other scientists from the University of Reading have successfully created a robot using living brain cells from a rat as the central processor.

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Added: Aug-18-2008 
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  • Does that robot still think its a rat?

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    • Hah. It's gotta be just a sliver, a little lump of cells, and it probably only works for a very short while as the cells die.

      The next step will be using a complete rat brain, and that will happen soon enough as synthetic blood replacements are becoming more and more viable. They'll figure out how to keep the brain going longer and longer.

      And then they'll try a primate brain...
      And it's a logical progression from there.

      Read Shadows by John Saul.

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  • I wonder if this works in reverse, if they could implant a computer brain to control the rat body? Maybe even a remote controlled rat with programed actions like robosapien? hehe That could lead to some neat little spy animals.

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  • end of the world right around the corner =)

    I've seen Terminator.

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  • RoboCop is real!

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  • Freaky stuff man! Wonder what's next on the list?

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  • great, a robot that can go crazy. awesome.

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  • lol crazy stuff man

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  • A machine with a brain, some of yous here should be envious.

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  • They have lovingly nicknamed the robot "John McCain 2.0.08"

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  • this is dangerous stuff...and imagine it came out to the public just now. I remember...the first time a F117 was used, was in the Golf War...but the military had had it sice the '70s (1979 I think)

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  • This guy I know who has a Phd. in Bio-Chemistry tells me that scientists have already developed a drug that can increase the human life span times four, and that it is in trials right now.
    Apparently the crucial discovery came from knowledge accumulated in dog breeding, of all things. He said that breeders have know for a long time that if you feed dogs just more than they need to survive they live longer. Scientists have figured out what the process is and why it works and they've created More..

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    • I've heard it has to do with something akin to the existence of cell replication counter clocks in our bio chemistry, simply put, there's a built in number of times our cells will replicate themselves before they die off -- restricting caloric intake to slightly above a starvation diet level slows this process down dramatically, apparently. The reverse is true too. Over eating speeds the process up just as dramatically.
      This would explain the lack of very old fat people.
      I'd heard this experimen More..

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  • the robot keeps bonking its head against the wall but the doc is so excited he believes that's progress... hmm

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