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A robot with the brain of a fish

The brain can guide the robot to move towards a light source; will assist in the development of artificial organs, which in the future will be connected to the human brain; Now on display at the Science Museum in London
27/11/2000

A robot controlled by the brain of a fish is currently on display at the Science Museum in London. Sensors send "visual" signals to the brain of a lamprey fish (a type of eel), which in response sends instructions to the robot's motors.

The part of the brain used in the experiment allows the fish to be in a vertical position when in the water. When properly connected, this organ in the brain can direct the robot to move towards a light source.

Scientists at Northwestern University, in Chicago, USA, developed the new system to study how the brain of humans and animals controls the ability to move. Knowledge in this field will help in the creation of artificial organs.

"This is a trespass of nature, but scientists do it all the time. It is appropriate if it enables the acquisition of new knowledge," said Professor Sandro Moussa-Ibaldi, who heads the project.

Following new research, experts predict that artificial organs will be connected directly to the human brain in the future.

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