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Australian Government Funds Scientists Merging AI With Brain Cells

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A team of scientists has won a $600,000 grant from the government of Australia to continue their work merging human brain cells with artificial intelligence.

The team has already enjoyed success, making headlines last year for “teaching” a cluster of brain cells in a Petri dish to play the video game Pong. 

Human brain scan in a neurology clinic Andrew Brookes / Cultura Creative

Human brain scan in a neurology clinic (Andrew Brookes / Cultura Creative)

The grant came from the Office of National Intelligence, which oversees Australia’s intelligence community.

Via Futurism:

A team of researchers just got a $600,000 grant from Australia’s Office of National Intelligence to study ways of merging human brain cells with artificial intelligence.

In collaboration with Melbourne-based startup Cortical Labs, the team has already successfully demonstrated how a cluster of roughly 800,000 brain cells in a Petri dish is capable of playing a game of “Pong.”

The basic idea is to merge biology with AI, something that could forge new frontiers for machine learning tech for self-driving cars, autonomous drones, or delivery robots — or at least that’s what the government is hoping to accomplish with its investment.

The team is one of a number of…



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