Robotic Animals : Implanting Mice with Speech Recognition

June 17th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Computing, Future, Health, News, Technology | 10 Comments »

Scientists at the Robot Engineering Technology Research Center of Shandong University of Science and Technology have demonstrated how a set of computer generated electronic signals can control the behavior of the mice.

via Chinanews | PhysOrg

A mouse can “understand” human speech! Recently, it was observed at the Robot Engineering Technology Research Center of Shandong University of Science and Technology that five mice with micro electrodes implanted on their heads obeyed the computer-generated commands of the research staff, correctly completing commands to, in succession, “turn left”, “turn right” and “move forward”.

“Animal robots”, also known as “robotic animals” or “intelligent animals”, are animals whose nervous systems are controlled by human electronic signals, turning them into “robotic” animals. Shandong University’s recently completed this series of experiments, using the computer to generate a set of rhythmic electronic signal/codes that were transmitted to the mice brain through the implanted electrodes to reach certain neuro networks that have specialized functions, making the white mice realize left turn, right turn and march forward movements under the control of this neural network.

Project manager Su Xuecheng said that animal robot research is the intersection and merger of electronic communication and biology, creating a new scientific discipline. Following the maturation of this research project, “human electronic signals” will be “life-like” enough to actually or basically resemble signals generated by the body and the brain. At that time, putting computer chips implants inside animals will replace certain neurons of the animals in controlling certain behavior, or replace certain human damaged nerves to help the disabled to recover.


10 Comments on “Robotic Animals : Implanting Mice with Speech Recognition”

  1. 1 novoMUNDO » Blog Archive » Animais Robôs said at 10:05 am on June 19th, 2005:

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  2. 2 emjay said at 1:15 pm on June 20th, 2005:

    i love your blog, but this is just sick…
    i mean, what’s the point except for some sadistic scientists to play god with unsuspecting small furry mammels (i don’t buy the token sentiment about ‘helping the disabled to recover’, maybe ask ‘the disabled’ if they really want gadgets stuck in their heads so they can appear to be ‘normal’. it’s a worrying concept…)
    it’s the type of shit hitler would’ve up for it he’d had the technology.
    sorry my only comment on your blog is a criticism, take the lack of comments as a general thumbs up for your other posts!

  3. 3 Mookie said at 3:24 am on September 29th, 2005:

    Neat. Mind-machine interface, bringing us one step closer to merging with AI, the Borg.

  4. 4 frankenstien said at 5:29 am on November 18th, 2005:

    if this shit is public knowledge, then imagine what the top governments around the world arent’ telling us, as far as i knew,, we were having trouble getting the mechanics to bond with flesh, but now they found a way……. tomorow is here NOW.

  5. 5 Samantha said at 12:40 pm on December 8th, 2005:

    we looooooove ur mouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he is soooooooooooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he looks good enough to eat. Well, not really. But he is really cute. His tail is hot. I want him. I LOVE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ASK HIM TO MARRY ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i want him! he rox my sox. Tell him to write back with the response (as to whether he wil marry me or not)
    and tell him i have a speach impedement.
    Thinged Thamantha Thevy

  6. 6 Randy said at 9:49 pm on January 5th, 2006:

    Gettin’ a lil’ scary ain’t it?

  7. 7 Mush said at 7:50 pm on February 11th, 2006:

    Well Science and Technology is progressing, clearly. I sit on the fence when it comes to the issue of, are we going too far and does this really have benefits. This is cool i think, however sick that may sound. It brings us leaps and bounds closer to many things, some with great consequences, some with dyer consequences…some with both. Technology has past the stage where it pleases everyone and from here on out it’ll come with the burden of ethnic and moral injustices. I have no doubt that man has no control over the progress it makes anymore. There is one question to be asked and that is…are we ready for the consequences of such research? Then answer right now is no. Another question would be …even if we weren’t read, would technology stop progressing?..the answer to that is NO. So i guess we just have to come to terms that this is what’s happening now.

  8. 8 charlie said at 4:33 pm on April 11th, 2006:

    how long untill you think you will be able to make it do more complex comands other than left right and forward?

  9. 9 moma said at 1:26 pm on February 28th, 2007:

    i think is not good…so a man can control an animal and use it for his own pleasure! we can only immagine for what kind of intention….
    We cannot omit that this kind of technology unbalance the natural life of this and other animals.
    i say NO!

  10. 10 Marchbank said at 1:04 am on March 1st, 2007:

    I think its absolutly Discusting. These animals are still conscious. Imagin being traped in your own body, your own mind and not having the ablitly to control it. I mean don’t get me wrong. The ablity to actauly simulate and to be able to mimic the nervious system so precise that we could control the flight of a bird or to be able to direct and control an animal is amayzing but also sadistic in a sence. We could apply this technolgy to cripples, or we could replace or repair damaged nervious systems within the human body. This could be the next device to replace pace makers. This could be apply on so many ways that could benift mankind but its the fact that we know that it will not be use in such away. Mankind is to obsessed with tampering with life and playing god and having control. To give someone the option to control the mind, to over power the will of any animal ..or human is to tempting. We’ll use little things like Cripples being able to walk again, or someone gaining the use of their arm to cover up the reality that there this is or could be or is being used for other reasons.

    I completely agree with Mush in which we are not ready for something like this and that every discovery today isnt even human drivin. Its just a snow ball effect were we humans happen to stumble and fall onto ideas and possibilities but dont have the ablity to place right before wrong. But that is what the world is today, its not about moral, boundaries , limits, everything we do is drivin by this desire to go forward with every idea or discovery and use it and apply it in every means necessary to move to the next goal in human achievements….even if it is tampering with life itself .


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