Can naked brain cells learn a video game?

Hey, fellow Pong-lovers!  It’s Rich Dale.  Finally, scientists are working on something important – teaching disembodied brain cells how to play Pong.

Researchers at Australia’s Cortical Labs have been working on computing with ‘organoids’ – dishes of living brain cells.

The latest experiment involves teaching the neuron network to play the 1972 arcade classic Pong (the greatest video game ever) — moving the paddles and bouncing the ball back and forth.

Not only are the brain cells able to play Pong – they’re actually learning the game faster than a computer AI is able to.

I knew there was a reason that was my favorite game.  My brain can play it without me having to think about it!