Synthnet

Toni Westbrook, Weblog, May 11, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

How could I not post this item? "The ultimate goal is a true, functional model of the biological neural network in software grown using virtual DNA. While this is an incredibly lofty goal, the project serves as more of a learning opportunity for me (and anyone else interested)." You can watch Synthnet in action here. "In the first clip, I demonstrate growing a brain from virtual DNA, hooking into my Lego robotic buddy Bit, and then conditioning Bit to associate hearing a tone with getting his touch sensor pressed.  The demonstration is a recreation of classic fear conditioning experiments." Too cool.

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