Mini-brain: Clumps of human brain cells in a bowl can learn to play Pong faster than an AI


Hundreds of thousands of brain cells in a dish learn to play Pong by responding to electrical pulses – and can improve their performance faster than an AI can

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December 17, 2021


Living brain cells in a bowl can learn to play Pong when placed in a ‘virtual game world’. “We think it’s fair to call them cyborg brains,” said Brett Kagan, chief scientific director of Cortical Labs, who leads the study.

Many teams around the world have studied networks of neurons in dishes, often growing them into brain-like organoids. But this is the first time mini-brains have been found to perform purposeful tasks, Kagan says.

The “DishBrains” Being Created…

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