Neurons in a dish learn to play Pong - what’s next?

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Jun 7, 2022
Hundreds of thousands of human neurons growing in a dish coated with electrodes have been taught to play a version of the classic computer game Pong1.

In doing so, the cells join a growing pantheon of Pong players, including pigs taught to manipulate joysticks with their snouts2 and monkeys wired to control the game with their minds. (Google’s DeepMind artificial-intelligence (AI) algorithms mastered Pong many years ago3 and have moved on to more-sophisticated computer games such as StarCraft II4.)

Intelligence in a dish

The work is a proof of principle that neurons in a dish can learn and exhibit basic signs of intelligence, says lead author Brett Kagan, chief scientific officer at Cortical Labs in Melbourne, Australia. “In current textbooks, neurons are thought of predominantly in terms of their implications for human or animal biology,” he says. “They’re not thought about as an information processor, but a neuron is this amazing system that can process information in real time with very low power consumption.”



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Aug 19, 2022
Many people would like to talk to animals, but I am not sure if they are ready to listen to animals. :(

I know based on your profile that you are from Poland so all you have to do is wait for midnight during Xmass Eve and you can converse with animals.

Andy Ful

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I know based on your profile that you are from Poland so all you have to do is wait for midnight during Xmass Eve and you can converse with animals.
I tried many times without any success. :)
But, even if I would, I am still not sure if people (including me) are ready to listen carefully to what animals are going to say. Furthermore, I noticed that most people do not listen carefully to other people, even if they are using the same language.


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If we can program the neurons and then use it to replace the dead brain cells , we may be able to cure people with dementia, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson disease etc in future and We may once have a living portable hdd with us, then nobody can accuse me that I am not using my brain.
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