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Slime mold Pilots Robot!!!

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posted on Feb, 14 2006 @ 12:29 AM

"Robotics researchers from the UK and Japan have linked up a slime mold to remotely control a six-legged robot. The mold, which is naturally light-sensitive, is able to hide the robot in dark corners, and the scientists expect to further this technology for use in smaller, autonomous units. There is also a preprint of the research paper available from the University of Southampton."

Absolutely amazing. Technology is advancing beyond yesterday's wildest dreams.

Do you see any particular uses for this technology?

I was reminded of the experimental bat-bombs of WWII. These machines could be used under the same principle: strap a time release bomb to them and let them find the nooks and crannies (darker areas) of the target buildings.

If you are not familiar with the bat-bombs here is a link:

posted on Feb, 14 2006 @ 12:58 AM
Here is an explanation of the science behind the robot-slime mold interaction.

It seems as if they are focusing on finding practical uses. Perhaps the technololgy works well.

Life-like adaptive behaviour is so far an illusive goal in robot
control. A capability to act successfully in a complex, ambiguous, and
harsh environment would vastly increase the application domain of
robotic devices. Established methods for robot control run up against
a complexity barrier, yet living organisms amply demonstrate that this
barrier is not a fundamental limitation. To gain an understanding of how
the nimble behaviour of organisms can b e duplicated in made-for-purpose
devices we are exploring the use of biological cells in robot control. This
paper describes an experimental setup that interfaces an amoeboid plasmodium
of Physarum polycephalum with an omnidirectional hexapod robot to realise
an interaction loop between environment and plasticity in control. Through
this bio-electronic hybrid architecture the continuous negotiation process
between local intracellular reconfiguration on the micro-physical scale and
global behaviour of the cell in a macroscale environment can be studied in
a device setting.


posted on Feb, 14 2006 @ 02:42 AM
crap man reminds me of the article I read in popular mechanics awhile back... in that article 20,000 rat neurons were taught to fly an f-22 sim.... biotech is good biz is all I can say. it's all greek to me but still the crossover of algorithims and biologically simple organisms is as inevitable as the industrial revolution at this point in my mind....

Buy stocks accordingly heh

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