Mad Scientists Kevin Warwick and Ben Whalley at the University of Reading, UK, wants to build a robot controlled by human brain cells. Awesome.
They’re not doing it (just) because they’re afflicted with Science Related Memetic Disorder, though:
The team say that observing how their neuron culture responds to stimulation could improve our understanding of neurological conditions such as epilepsy.
For instance, the way large numbers of neurons sometimes spike in unison – a phenomenon known as “bursting” – may be similar to what happens during an epileptic seizure. If that behaviour can be altered by changing the culture chemically, electrically or physically, it might hint at potential therapies. [New Scientist]
The team of genuine Mad Scientists have already shown that a robot can be controlled using rat neurons, but a culture of human neurons would be a better model for human disease, so they want that next.
They just have to finish they’re work with the rat neurons, then they can start building the ROBOT WITH A HUMAN BRAIN!
I can hear the mad laughter from here… No, wait, that’s me.