It’s not just the little brains who play video games (Credit: Getty Images/Cultura RF) who play video games.
Although not actually sentient, a lab-grown brain could easily learn Pong on its own.
It’s not as easy as a second video game, but Pong was the first mass-market hit and helped revive the gaming industry as we know it.
This success is no doubt due to the fact that the simplicity of the game is as great as the simulation of table tennis, where two players rotate on the screen to remove a ball backwards.
It is true that it is very easy to understand the fact that even brain cells grown in the laboratory can also play this role, as recent scientific research has demonstrated.
These two miniature brains are not new believers, but this is the first time anyone who has interacted with an outside environment has interacted.
This brain is described as the first brain grown in the laboratory in a dish. However, sensitive is not really the correct word because it lacks awareness.
Dr Kagan told the BBC we couldn’t find a better term to describe the device.
It can take information from an external source, process it and then respond to it in real time.
After connecting the brain to the pong-shaped electrodes, the brain became able to learn how to play the puzzle in five minutes. The game continued, because he certainly didn’t play very well.
You would use more energy after that ball missed and the game started because you had to make room for it again.
We don’t claim to understand all the science behind this, but this research is publicly available on Neuron.
As for why it was first done, Kagan says the research could potentially lead to treatments for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
When people look at tissues in a dish, they see whether there is activity or not. But brain cells are supposed to act in real time, he said.
Lack of knowledge is a source of knowledge.
Kagan and his team start their research and do the same to get the brain drunk and see what a drunk thing it is.
He insists that since mini-brains are getting tougher, his team is working with bioethicists to keep their brains in mind.
It may not have played well, but the brain scored decent enough that it clearly wasn’t acting randomly (Picture: Neuron).
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