August 19, 2008

Robot Controlled by Rat Brain

Calling Dr. Frankenstein! A robotic rat controlled by a bit of real rat brain has be made by British scientists at the University of Reading, led by Professor Kevin Warwick. The robot is linked wirelessly to 300,000 neurons kept in a cabinet. When the ratbot receives signals, it turns left or right. They are now trying to teach it to get used to its surroundings to prove that memories are retained in nerve connections.

Warwick previously experimented with a silicon chip transponder that was implanted in his forearm in 1998. He then managed to operate computers, doors, lights, and heaters without moving. He even wrote a book on the subject, "I, Cyborg."

Via New Scientist Tech at "I, Cyborg."

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July 2, 2008

ABI Predicts Massive Robot Sales by 2015


ABI Reasearch put out a report that claims that by the year 2015 people will spend as much for a humanoid robot as they would for their next car. Analyst Philip Solis says that within 7 years the market will expand to $15 billion dollars.

In his book "Love and Sex with Robots", A.I. researcher and author David Levy says the bots will be able to carry on conversations, respond to other's emotions, and have some feelings of their own. While we are not sure that we would go that far, we can't wait until we get our own Rosy.

Via Computerworld

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Robot Writing Submissons Being Accepted

Love robots so much that you write about them? After Michael Ugulini's successful acceptance of "Days on the Wind Farm" for Amazon Kindle, Robot in the Woods is now accepting submissions for their first Build-A-Book project. Send your novellas, short fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and artwork, like this entry, Mudma, by artist Mike Wrathell. There is no limit to how many original manuscripts and works of art you can enter on the site by the Nov. 14 deadline. Those that are accepted will receive a percentage of royalty shares. Check out the site for more specifics.

(Thanks, Kevin)

Via Robot in the Woods

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