Scientists have successfully taught a collection of human brain cells in a petri dish how to play the video game “Pong” — kind of.
Researchers at the biotechnology startup Cortical Labs have created “ mini-brains ” consisting of 800,000 to one million living human brain cells in a petri dish, New Scientist reports. The cells are placed on top of a microelectrode array that analyzes the neural activity.
We think it’s fair to call them cyborg brains, Brett Kagan, chief scientific officer at Cortical Labs and research lead of the project, told New Scientist.
In the first episode of Humans+, Motherboard dives into the world of future prosthetics, and the people working on closing the gap between man and machine.
We follow Melissa Loomis, an amputee from Ohio, who had experimental nerve reversal surgery and is going to Johns Hopkins’ Applied Physics Lab to test out its latest Modular Prosthetic Limb, a cutting-edge bionic arm funded in part by DARPA. Neuro-interfacing machinery is a game changer in terms rehabilitating patients, but what possibilities do these advancements open for the future?
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A highly dexterous, human-like robotic hand with fingertip touch sensors can delicately hold eggs, use tweezers to pick up computer chips and crush drink cans. The hand could eventually be used as a prosthetic or in robots that use artificial intelligence to manipulate objects.
Weighing 1.1 kilograms, the hand is 22 centimetres long and made of steel and aluminium. Each finger is driven by three small motors that fit within the palm and move metal parts that act like tendons around a total of 20 joints. This enables the digits to tilt sideways, to flex back and forth and to fold, giving the hand a range of movements comparable to that of a human hand.
Uikyum Kim at Ajou University in South Korea and his colleagues, who built the hand, say it can hold an egg without cracking it, pour drinks and crush aluminium cans.
Here are some of the most amazing advancements in fabric technology and smart fabrics.
Chain mail-based fabric for smart exoskeletons
Hauberks, or chain mail shirts, were used in the Middle Ages, but they’ve certainly gone out of style, right?
Wrong. They’ve only transformed into something else. In 2021, engineers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore created a chain mail-like material that goes from soft to stiff on command, bearing a load of 50 times its own weight when rigid.
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0:00 In this issue. 0:23 Everyday Robots Project. 1:20 California startup Machina Labs. 2:01 Aero cabs try to become part of transportation systems. 2:47 Renault decided to create its own flying car. 3:39 Startup Flytrex. 4:32 Startup SpinLaunch. 5:28 A rocket engine powered by plastic waste. 6:10 NASA launched the DART mission into space. 7:02 Parker Solar Probe. 7:48 Fitness Instructor Winning a Flight on Virgin Galactic’s Space Plane. 8:24 Quantum experiment by MIT physicists. 9:28 Quantum systems can evolve in two opposite directions. 10:19 Apple to launch its augmented reality headset project. 10:58 The world’s first eye prosthesis fully printed on a 3D printer. 11:38 South Korea announced the creation of a floating city of the future. 12:30 Moscow City Council approved the list of streets available for unmanned transport. 13:15 SH-350 drone of Russian Post from Aeromax company has successfully made its first test flight. 14:00 Concern “Kalashnikov” patented its own version of a miniature electric vehicle.