Robot controlled by moth brain

Scientists at the University of Arizona researchers built a robot that's guided by a moth's brain impules.
200711230905 The moth is immobilize inside a plastic tube mounted atop the 6-inch-tall wheeled robot. To get the moth to imitate flight, [professor Charles M.] Higgins and his team placed the moth in its apparatus on a circular platform surrounded by a 14-inch-high revolving wall painted with vertical stripes. The moth's neuron reacts to the movement of the stripes and the process begins.

The brain of a moth is about the size of a grain of rice. Although small, “its compact size and simplicity allows for an efficient way to do brain research,” Higgins said.

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  1. “The underlying point in the creation of the robo-moth is the notion of advancing neuroscience.”

    Quote of the century.

  2. Sounds like the beginnings of a particularly bad sci-fi horror flick from the 1950’s.

    Fascinating and Creepy.

  3. One step closer to my boyfriend’s vision of a fish in a fishtank with robot legs that the fish controls with its mind. Do you think a fish could learn to walk?

  4. Aww man, at a quick glance I thought that said “Mother Brain.”

    Still awesome, but you can understand my initial disappointment/relief.

  5. This reminds me of the wonderful SF writer Cordwainer Smith. I recall that he had robots with mouse brains. The Instrumentality is coming!

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