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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Brain in a Dish Takes Flight


Imagine for one moment that you see an F-22 jet flying across the sky. You get a glimpse in the cockpit as it dives toward you and there is no one there. Could it be a plane flown remotely?

May be not. A brain in a dish could be flying the plane. How far is this from reality?

A brain grown from cells of a rat embryo has already been flying a flight simulator for a F-22. Pictured is the result of a man made brain with the help of a rat embryo. Plans are already being made for applications. Computers with an organic brain component is one possibility under consideration.

The Age.com.au is reporting:

"The first result could be to enable scientists to build living elements into traditional computers, enabling more flexible and varied means of solving problems. Although computers today are extremely powerful, they still lack the flexibility in working things out that humans take for granted."

One day soon you may be going to Best Buy and their newest offering will be a computer integrated with an organic brain. Another application, although not mentioned in this article, is the possibility of brain repair in humans. Endless applications can be imagined.

photo credit: Hair Loss News

3 Comments:

At 1:14 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

We are the Borg, lower your shields and surrender your rats, their brains will adapt to service us....Resistence is Futile

This is cool, in a twisted way. I knew we would be going down a strange road when a couple of years ago, they announced bio-neural processor switches for use in computers. Basically, living processors. Right now they are only in the very early stages of on and off, but I look for commerical bio-neural processors with the next twenty years...maybe sooner.

But then, this is old news to Chevy hot rodders, theyv'e had rat powered cars for many years.

 
At 6:20 PM, Blogger B O B said...

Thanks for your comment Jeff. This is some very weird stuff. Being able to interface a man made organic neural network interface is taking us into places we have never been before.

 
At 2:56 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

This has gotten me to thinking of possible applications for a cybernetic interface. Imagine if one was able to connect to our computers, and "download" parts of our memory, available for upload to someone else. Suppose, near the moment of death, a father could download his thoughts and feelings and memories so that his children could upload them to their own brain. The dying person would then never truly be lost. Yes my Trekken flock, the Vulcans do this, but they do it by "mind meld", I am talking about a hardware interface that anyone could access. Imagine being able to "Google" one's own brain for long forgotten images and people.
This would be a tremendous asset to people such as Alzheimer's patients. You could basically do a reinstall of one's personal "operating system". OK, farfetched I admit, but this technology holds promise and I for one hope they develop it fully.

"We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated."

 

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