Monday, March 27, 2006

Brains!

Posted by Trent Walters at 4:42 AM
Cyberpunk gets closer to reality as researchers have been able to get mammalian neurons to speak with silicon chips. Right now, the chips simply test how well drug delivery is to neurons, but they're working at biological computers.

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A new study comparing intellect, done by those with 2000 cc brains* and who think Germans could have won WWII if only they had more bodies because they had the Aryan intellectual superiority, suggests that large-brained Germans and northern climate men are on top, Englishmen fall in the middle, while Frenchmen and those Eastern europeans compose the bottom.

* Although the study is real, this is tongue in cheek. No, I don't know the size of the researchers brains, but as always, it would be useful to find out their methodology of sampling (German universities vs. French back alleys?) and fish for any possible bias. The article does not report methodologies, however. The same researchers found men smarter than women by a margin of five IQ points.

3 Comments:

Blogger SFAM said...

I love the silicon chips article, but I wonder how this is different from what cybernetics professor, Kevin Warwick has been doing. He already has implants hooked up to his nervous system. Here's a brief excerpt:

Kevin has carried out a series of pioneering experiments involving the neuro-surgical implantation of a device into the median nerves of his left arm in order to link his nervous system directly to a computer in order to assess the latest technology for use with the disabled. He has been successful with the first extra-sensory (ultrasonic) input for a human and with the first purely electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans. His research has been discussed by the US White House Presidential Council on BioEthics, The European Commission FTP and has led to him being widely referenced and featured in academic circles as well as appearing as cover stories in several magazines – e.g. Wired (USA), The Week (India).

Perhaps it's the glueing method to the silicon that's different.

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3/27/2006 05:53:00 AM  
Blogger Trent said...

Thanks, SFAM. I'll check it out and compare.

3/27/2006 09:12:00 AM  
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