Human Brain Cells Learn This Game For Only 5 Minutes, Artificial Intelligence Takes 1.5 Hours to Pick Up
Australian scientists at Cortical Labs taught hundreds of thousands of brain cells to play pong in just five minutes, which is quicker than artificial intelligence (AI), which picks up the game 90 minutes later.
As specified in a Mail Online report, the cells were grown in apetridish "have found a new meaning in life." Specifically, they are spending the day playing the Pongvideogame.
Called "DishBrains," the system comprises brain cells grown on top ofmicroelectrodearrays that can both stimulate the cells.
For themini-brainsto learn the Pong game, the researchers used the game'ssingle-playerversion and delivered electrical signals to either the left or right of the array to specify where the ball is.
The brain then would fire off neurons to move the paddle back and forth depending on the ball's location.
In a New Scientist report, Cortical Labs' chief scientific officer, BrettKagan, who's leading the research said, they think it is fair to call the cells "cyborg brains."
Commenting on their work, the lead researcher said they are frequently referred to as "living in the Matrix." When in the game, the brain cells believe they are the paddle.
Kaganalso noted that even thoughmini-brainscan learn more rapidly than AI, they are not skilled when playing video games. Theorganoidswould lose against a computer likeDeepMind.
Nonetheless, it takes artificial intelligence5,000rallies to get the hang of the game that only tookDishBrainsabout 10 to 15 rallies. Essentially, a rally is one gaming session that lasts 15 minutes to pick up the game.
Through the use of this system, the researchers have demonstrated that a layer ofin-vitrocortical neurons canself-organize"and display intelligent and sentient behavior" when exemplified in a replicatedgame-world," according to research published in bioRxiv.
Stem Cells Used to Develop 'Optic Cups'
The researchers said they have presented that even without considerable filtering of cellular activity, statistically, robust differences over time and against controls could be seen in the neuronal cultures' behavior in adjusting togoal-directedtasks.
In August, German scientists revealed theirlab-grownbrains with the capability of developing their own fundamental constructions that can sense light and communicate with other parts of the brain.
Scientists atHeinrich-Heine-University'sInstitute for Human Genetics inDüsseldorf, Germany used stem cells the developorganoidpairs of "optic cups," an early eye formation stage that develops when a fetus is about five weeks old.
Pongflash.comdescribes Pong as a "so classic" game. It was one of thefirst-evergames dating way, way back.
WilliamHiginbothamdeveloped thefirst-evervideo game in the late1950s, and it was akin to what was later called "Pong."
Considered a game remake, it is played a lot like tennis. A player hits thepixelatedball back and forth and attempts to get it past his opponent.
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