This robot has a brain made from human stem cells

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Breaking a new ground, a Chinese research team developed a robot that has brain made from stem cells. The robot currently has the ability to grasp objects and to avoid hazards, but potential for future development is limitless.

The robot was developed by researchers of Southern University of Science and Technology and Tianjin University. The invention has been compared to Neuralink of Elon Musk

The research team developed an “organoid” of brain using stem cells. It is then linked to humanoid robot by the way of ” brain on chip technology” as per researchers.

While this is a first giant step the opportunities are limitless. The technology might push boundaries of current stem cell research.

Robot with a human brain ( Tech Trends China)

How the robot was developed

The Chinese researchers used organoids. These are very small versions of actual human organs. Organoids are created by using stem cells in vitro environment. In this case an organoid that mimics human brain is used.

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Various types of organoids ( Technology Networks)

Using what the developers say is world’s first use of ” Open Source Brain -on-Chips complex intelligent system” an electrode chip is used to connect to brain organoid. In this way connection is made with human like brain and humanoid robot. Also low intensity ultra sound waves are used for stability of this artificial brain organoid.

More Opportunities

While the robot can only carry out limited tasks for the moment, researchers are eyeing the big picture. The goal is to study brain – computer interfaces that act as connectors between electric signals in brain and computers. The research into this can be used to develop solutions, such as transplants for a patient who have suffered a stroke.

In conclusion Chinese researchers developed a robot with a human like brain created using stem cells, and it is capable of gripping objects and avoiding hazards but might also broaden potentials in this area of research.


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