Snail Brains Used To Make Robots Smarter

Posted: Jun 6 2016, 12:09pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Snail Brains Used to Make Robots Smarter
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Robots are slowly starting to take over the world, and there have been some pretty intense questions about whether or not that is a good thing. One of the biggest things that people worry about is that many robots will have to make moralistic decisions and since they don't have brains, it might be difficult for them to actually do that.

So researchers have been looking for ways to help robots make decisions that are smart and effective. Researchers at the University of Sussex have discovered that there are some creatures that use two brain cells for making complex decisions. One such creature was a snail - one cell told the snail if he was hungry and the other told it if there was a food source nearby.

To measure this activity, scientists attached two electrodes to snails' brains in order to measure the activity of the brain. The takeaway was to help design robot brains that could use the least possible number of components, but still allow the robot to perform complex tasks. The idea was somewhat strange, but it works at least in theory, according to Science Daily.

The lead researcher of the project, Professor George Kemenes said that it "also shows how this system helps to manage how much energy they use once they have made a decision."

Since searching for and consuming food is actually pretty complex, it is a great place to start. After all, snails need it to survive and they are one of the best animals at doing just that.

According to Kemenes, the study was also able to show "how this system helps to manage how much energy they use once they have made a decision."

Then again, snails never had to determine whether they want the California cheeseburger or the cheesecake.

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