February 14, 2006

The slime mold is controlling the robot!

I know I sound like Eggagog, but really: The slime mold is controlling the robot!
Physarum polycephalum is a large single-celled organism that responds to food sources, such as bacteria and fungi, by moving towards and engulfing it. It also moves away from light and favours humid, moist places to inhabit. The mould uses a network of tiny tubes filled with cytoplasm to both sense its environment and decide how to respond to it. Zauner's team decided to harness this simple control mechanism to direct a small six-legged (hexapod) walking bot.
(Via Slashdot.)

2 comments:

Tibore said...

IT'S THE CREEPS! THE CREEPS HAVE THE HAT AND ARE MOVING THE ROBOT!

Marghlar said...

I read about this a while ago. This is where it starts, I guess. The cyborgs. I mean, one day its a mold, the next day the governor of California has a metal endoskeleton and is killing people in 1984.

As a way to link your two posts together, did you know that Philip Dick wrote a novel featuring a telepathic slime mold as a character? I think they are in league...