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Scientists get cultured mouse neurons to learn to play Pong

The border between science fiction and reality has been blurring faster and faster in recent decades. While some try to take the next step towards the digital universe with the metaverse, others are looking for a way to develop biological hardware. And it seems that they have already achieved their first success.

This is reflected in the latest study published by Monash University (Australia) in which a group of scientists from Cortical Labs has managed to grow mouse neurons together with stem cells and then “program” them for a specific task, in this case learning to play Pong, the classic video game released by Atari in 1972.

Researchers have managed to stimulate brain cells in a “structured and meaningful” way to carry out a task aimed at a specific goal. In this case, play Pong. Using a device connected to a Petri dish (where cells are grown) which they have called DishBrain attached to some electrodes that control the movement of the line, which acts as the Pongo’s blade, and which also monitors the distance at which the ball is located.

In fact, the results confirm that in this experiment the “biological computer” learned to play Pong much faster than any current computer artificial intelligence. One more sample of the future benefits of the use of biological computing, much more powerful than artificial computing.

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