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Researchers taught brain cells to play pong
The startup Cortical Labs has introduced the Dishbrain synthetic biological intelligence system, which in real time can use adaptive calculations inherent in the neuron to perform targeted tasks like playing PONG .
Researchers involved embryonic mice material and induced pluripotent stem cells of people. They integrated biological neural networks (BNN) into a silicon chip designed to read and record information through electrophysiological stimulation. Then the engineers placed Dishbrain in the simulated environment – pong.
“We chose this arcade because of its simplicity and fame, as well as because it is the first game used in machine learning,” said Brett Kagan, chief researcher at Cortical Labs.
The team developed software capable of reading electrical signals from cells during the operation and use them in the game, namely, control the holding ball in the air with a racket. The program also provides feedback and sends BNN information about changes in the modeled environment.
As a result, neurons in Dishbrain were able to adjust their activity in the real world in the real world and increase performance by demonstrating training. For comparison, the systems with the stimulus, but without feedback, did not show the development.
The developers said this purposeful change in behavior over time demonstrates the ability of cells even in Petri’s cup to show a kind of rudimentary intelligence under the right conditions.
According to Cortical https://gagarin.news/ua/news/jack-dorseys-first-tweet-nft-price-to-lose-2-9-million-in-a-new-auction/ Labs, as a result, the technology can be used to test methods for treating neurodegenerative diseases, including dementia and epilepsy.
“We needed a system to check the possibility of interaction with neurons to demonstrate intelligence and purposeful activities. Now it is necessary to explore [these achievements] and continue to develop technology to launch new applications, ”Kagan said.
The team has already begun testing the system in other gaming environments. In the future, they hope to make the technology more affordable and reliable.
Recall that in September, DeepMind researchers have developed Jeadens who are able to play virtual football.
In July, Openai engineers taught the algorithm to extract resources, make diamond tools, hunt animals and cook food in minecraft.
In June 2021, Google Research researchers created AI working as a human brain.
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