Well, this is just insanely cool

Nobel Intent: Constructing neural networks using neurons:

The neurons were suspended in a liquid and connected to a grid of electrodes to form a “live computation device”—that is, a brain. Over the course of 8 hours, the neurons extended connections to other neurons to form their network, after starting out like single grains of sand.

The researchers used electrodes to stimulate and measure the pathways, allowing them to study neuronal information processing, transformation, and retrieval. The project culminated in attaching the “live computation device” to an F-22 simulator, where it successfully controlled the flight path, even in hurricane-strength winds.

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