Lab-Grown Brain Cells Learn to Play Pong in Real Time, Opening Potential Path to Powerful AI

“In a world first, Melbourne-based scientists have trained a dish of human brain cells to play the video game Pong. The team describe their work as a “cyborg brain (” and in a paper published on Thursday in leading journal Neuron ( it is showing signs of sentience – but not consciousness.

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Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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