Thursday, June 29, 2006

Unmanned Brain

I just read something fantastic. Scientists at the University of Florida cultured 25,000 brain cells from a rat on a plate, connected the squishware to a flight simulator, and what do you know, it learned how to control the airplane and return it to straight-and-level flight. This was in 2004. I'm stunned. I would have thought such a finding would have caused a major philosophical and scientific debate, and shaken the very foundations of the current understanding of technology. Even I hadn't heard about it until I read this piece of news .

Mark my words: future computers will be biological. I can't even imagine what will happen when these neural networks computers achieve high levels of consciousness. Of course, this has been a favorite topic of science fiction writers. As always, it's worth reading science fiction to see what the world will be like in the future.


The MSILF said...

Can you find the reference for that? I can't...pretty cool though.

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