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  1. #1 Rat brain cells control a fighter jet simulator?! And a robot?! 
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    Brain in a Dish Flies Plane
    http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20041...820.39805808203

    First step toward biocomputers? One step closer to "artificial" intelligence? :o
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    Woah that is weird. Hopefully because of this computers won't actually become so self-aware they want to control the human race.

    Well thats not for a few dozen years.
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    Though surely not impossible, It's unlikely that robots would end up turning against us and starting some sort of war against humans. Even if they did, then that doesn't mean they'd win. Also, there's a chance that all robot intelligences wouldn't necessarily agree with each other. Some could possibly stay on our side. But yeah, like you said, problems like that are probably years away... not tomorrow.
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    Hmm... I wonder how the cells would be sustained? I mean, how would they get nutrition without being connected to a living body? ???
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    Probably the same way scientists try to build hearts without a human body, artificially, if not that, well then I don't know.
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    And you just brought up another question.... how DO they do that with "artificial" organs?

    Here's an article about a rat heart that was grown in a lab earlier this year...

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22635550/

    I don't think they say how long it survived though.
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    artificial organs sustain themselves because they're synthetic as opposed to organic, even the artificial heart is synthetic. our knowledge of organic reconstruction is limited at the time, with the best path for furthering our understanding being stem cell research.
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    That's true, but the organically constructed organs are what I meant. They actually "grew" an organic rat heart in a lab. (see that link in my previous post) While that would be organic, the following is synthetic/prosthetic....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jarvik-7
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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7559150.stm

    Rat brain neurons controlling a robot
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    It was the best of times. It was the...OMG! RATS ARE TAKING OVER THE WORLD!
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    Not just rats, but.... BLUETOOTH ROBOT RATS!

    This is even more amazing than the flight simulator because a computer isn't included in the "loop".... which I think mean that the neurons are in complete control.

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/emergingtech/?p=1009
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  13. #13 Re: Rat brain cells control a fighter jet simulator?! And a robot?! 
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    And here's a youtube video.... pretty sure it's the same thing....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wACltn9QpCc
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