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Originally posted by Chakotay
A University of Florida scientist has grown a living "brain" that can fly a simulated plane, giving scientists a novel way to observe how brain cells function as a network.
What is really inside our CPU's, eh? Seeing laptops on Halloween discount? Is this for real? Man is my ego bust, don't tell the ladies that now PILOTS CAN BE REPLACED BY A FEW RAT CELLS! Does this mean life evolved from the decaying remains of a crashed saucer pilot? Where is this going, Igor?!
So where this is going is: the human as pilot is cliche', passe', obsolete. The 1950's science fiction stories had it right: a sufficiently advanced technology will appear as a saucer full of goo. "Able to take 5,000 G's and never asks for a raise". Is silicon AI passe' too? Will goo triumph? :barf
Originally posted by portfreezer
THERE IS NO WAY A FEW CELLS OR A LAB GROWN BRAIN COULD POSSIBLY FLY AROUND AN AIRPLANE...
DeMarse’s array of 25,000 interconnected neurons were able to convert signals that indicated whether the simulated plane is experiencing stable conditions or hurricanes into a measurement of whether the plane is flying straight or tilted and then correct the flight path by transmitting signals to the airplane’s controls. Link
But until now, no one had written algorithms that harnessed neuronal responses to fly a plane. The ultimate aim is to put arrays of neurons into unmanned planes - or other dangerous situations - where only living brain cells can be relied upon to make the right decisions.
Originally posted by The Astral City
Wow, that is umm something.
I'll tell you though, if I ever see a rat brain on a dish flying an airliner I'm about to get on, I'm taking the train for the rest of my life!
Originally posted by AeroSpace Case
I actually worked on a project with this guy. We basically had to cut him out of the grant because what he is doing is not yet viable. It looks good on paper but...
The rat brain cells do not stabilize and guide an airplane by themselves. We were developing a UAV for the AF and used vision-based feed back via onboard video and image processing in conjunction with GPS to get it where it was going, not a petri dish with rat brain cells.
It does have promise, and the guy has some very impressive presentations.