Scientists upload worm’s digitized brain into robot

Jan 15, 2018, 6:52 AM EST
(Source: GorissM/flickr)
(Source: GorissM/flickr)

The idea of uploading one’s brain, a collection of cells and electrical signals, onto a computer sounds deeply rooted in science fiction but a new development is forcing a change of mind in experts and the world.

Recently, a team of scientists mapped a worm’s every single cell and their function and then developed a digitized version of the organism’s brain, notes Seeker. This replica was put into a simple Lego robot, which then mimicked the behavior of the worm without any instruction being programmed into it.

This kind of brain simulation that lets a robot move forward, turn and reverse is an “incredible” feat holding great promise for AI, reports Science Alert.