In vitro neurons learn and exhibit sentience when embodied in a simulated game-world

  • Improvements in performance or “learning” over time following closed-loop feedback
  • Learning observed from both human and primary mouse cortical neurons
  • Systems with stimulus but no feedback show no learning
  • Dynamic changes observed in neural electrophysiological activity during embodiment

TL;DR: Remarkably, small numbers of explanted human and mouse cells show the ability to learn and respond to artificial sensory feedback enough to play a game of electronic Pong. Something that i highlighted in EP 2 of my docu LIFE on "Neurorobotics"