What The! Robot Functions Using a Worm’s Brain

Just where is all this Robotics stuff heading?

Scientists have just infused the brain of a worm into the control system of a robot.

Guess what; it works.

When faced with a situation that normally sends a robot into a mini hissy-fit, the worm brain takes over—problem solved.

The Smithsonian report says:

The OpenWorm project has mapped the connections between the worm’s 302 neurons and simulated them in software. (The project’s ultimate goal is to completely simulate C. elegans as a virtual organism.) Recently, they put that software program in a simple Lego robot.

 The worm’s body parts and neural networks now have LegoBot equivalents: The worm’s nose neurons were replaced by a sonar sensor on the robot. The motor neurons running down both sides of the worm now correspond to motors on the left and right of the robot

Now we know that worms don’t need a mate to reproduce!!

I’m holding my breath on this one.

Worms have both male and female characteristics. (Image: c2.staticflickr.com)

Worms have both male and female characteristics. (Image: c2.staticflickr.com)

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