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Scientists teach a piece of the brain to play Pong, one step closer to having a geek Frankenstein

The science it’s spectacular, even for those who, like me, have no idea of ​​​​mathematics, biology, chemistry or any scientific art that requires more than one mind to eat. It is so, I accept it and it is better that many of us do it, even more so when a group of scientists has managed to make a Petri dish with 800,000 neurons learn to play Pong.

The legendary 1972 game is surely foreEsports Extrasto many young players. It is not for less. We are not saying that it has aged badly, but that it is the pure and simple history of the video game that, although it can be played today, serves no more than to rescue the principles of this entertainment medium. Even so, surely many of us are not as good at it as we would like, and a group of scientists from Neuron, a brain damage rehabilitation center, wanted to make it clear that anyone can play, even a piece of, brain?

Perhaps that was not the objective of this experiment, but as the PcGamer portal highlights, this nearly million neurons were connected through a silicon chip and through electrical signals was able to play pong. The most curious and truly terrifying thing is that apparently this thousandth part of what a human being could be quickly learned to play with minimal power consumption.

Although the private group has advanced that it was not very good at playing the mythical Pong, the scientists discovered that the cells were looking for adapt With views to get better at the game. It may sound strange, and it is, but the ultimate goal of the project is to study the neurodegenerative diseases and treat them. With these cells working to play Pong and experimenting with a view to improvement, a regeneration of the damaged brain functions of a human being could be achieved.

The next step, adds the very complete study, is make cells drunk. As you read it. By supplying them with alcohol, it will be possible to see how the adverse effects of these drinks affect the activity of these neurons in the game.


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