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24 October 2004

Wired News: Is That a Pilot in Your Pocket?

Ok... Check this out...

Some scientists took some rat brain neurons and put them in a petri dish. The neurons extended and linked up. Those rat neurons are now controlling a flight simulator.

From the article:
Currently the brain has learned enough to be able to control the pitch and roll of the simulated F-22 fighter jet in weather conditions ranging from blue skies to hurricane-force winds. Initially the aircraft drifted, because the brain hadn't figured out how to control its "body," but over time the neurons learned to stabilize the aircraft to a straight, level flight.

This seems to be a very large step at a lot of the Sci-Fi Cybernetic AIs.... This is a huge step.