Thursday, December 08, 2005


A Double Cross In The Making

It sounds like science fiction: a brain nurtured in a Petri dish learns to pilot a fighter plane as scientists develop a new breed of "living" computer. But in groundbreaking experiments in a Florida laboratory that is exactly what is happening.

The "brain", grown from 25,000 neural cells extracted from a single rat embryo, has been taught to fly an F-22 jet simulator by scientists at the University of Florida.
Come on -- it's a rat brain! You know that eventually it's going to fly that F-22 somewhere and shoot someone it shouldn't.

I think Mary Shelley wrote this one didn't she? Or was it Mel Brooks, something about Abbey Normal.


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