Experiments with an in-vitro robot brain

Kevin Warwick, Slawomir Jaroslaw Nasuto, Victor Manuel Becerra, Benjamin Jason Whalley

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    The controlling mechanism of a typical mobile robot is usually a computer system either remotely positioned or in-body. Recent research is on-going in which biological neurons are grown and trained to act as the brain of an interactive real-world robot – thereby acting as instinctive computing elements. Studying such a system provides insights into the operation of biological neural structures; therefore, such research has immediate medical implications as well as enormous potential in computing and robotics. A system involving closed-loop control of a mobile robot by a culture of neurons has been created. This article provides an overview of the problem area, gives an idea of the breadth of present ongoing research, details our own system architecture and, in particular, reports on the results of experiments with real-life robots. The authors see this as a new form of artificial intelligence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationComputing with instinct
    Subtitle of host publicationrediscovering artificial intelligence
    EditorsCai Yang
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    ISBN (Electronic)9783642197574
    ISBN (Print)9783642197567
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Publication series

    NameLecture notes in computer science
    ISSN (Electronic)0302-9743


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