Japanese scientists have created the world’s first “thinking” robot that is capable of circumventing walls and obstacles.
The robot has brain-like neurons grown in the lab, and when the cells were stimulated with electricity, the machine successfully navigated a small maze.
A technique called “physical reserve computing” allowed him to make sense of brain waves and bypass barriers, the researchers said.
Co-author Professor Hirokazu Takahashi stated: “These nerve cells, or neurons, were grown from living cells.
“They acted as a physical repository for the computer to build coherent signals.”
This is the first time that a robot has been “taught” intelligence. The signals carried environmental information as you progressed through the maze.
If the AI (artificial intelligence) vehicle veered in the wrong direction or looked in the wrong direction, neurons in the cell culture were disturbed by an electrical impulse. In a series of tests, he was continuously fed the signals until he accomplished the task.