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Robot Powered by Moth’s Brain

Posted in Artificial Intelligence, News, Robotics, Robotics Video, Technology on December 12, 2007 by flakki

It’s been inevitable that a branch of artificial intelligence would go down a biological path and many have speculated about the emergence of an organic based processor for years. Now it seems, that one of the leaps down the path of merging bio and mech elements is happening via the brain of a moth.

The robot’s motion is guided by a tiny electrode implanted in the moth’s brain, Higgins said, specifically to a single neuron that is responsible for keeping the moth’s vision steady during flight. The neuron transmits electrical signals which are then amplified in the robot’s base and through a mathematical formula, a computer translates the signals into action, making the robot move. “

The experiment claims to be striving to advance the field of neuro-science.

Read more about the experiment.

And please, someone leave them a comment that’s not a pun.

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Treating Robots as Equals

Posted in Culture, News, Robotics, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2007 by flakki

A new study is breaking new ground by examining the way children interact with robots. While this may seem to have more to do with psychology than software development, it does serve as an indicator of how far we are progressing towards integrating robotic technology.

“The children also treated QRIO with more care and attention than a similar-looking but inanimate robot that the researchers called Robby, which acted as a control in the experiment. Once they had grown accustomed to QRIO, they hugged it much more than Robby, who also received far more rough treatment.”

http://technology.newscientist.com/channel/tech/dn12879-giggling-robot-becomes-one-of-the-kids-.html?feedId=online-news_rss20

More about Javier Movellan’s research:

http://mplab.ucsd.edu/wordpress/