[Neuroscience] Re: nanowire/synases

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Sun Sep 3 00:44:12 EST 2006


mimo_545 at hotmail.com wrote:
> New Scientist;
>  'Brain cells and robotics make a connection'
> 
> http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/dn9838-neuron-forms-links-with-silicon-nanowires.html
> 
>  "The neurons grew on the chip and made
>   connections with the nanowires"
> 
>  "The axons and dendrites formed more than
>   50 connections per neuron with the nanowires,
>   each about the size of a natural synapse.
>   The researchers were able to watch signals as
>   they passed down the axon and through the nano
>   -wires."
> 
> The wiring is static on these chips. As axons are
> flexible, what benefit does the flexibility give us?,

Dynamic resilience or adaptive plasticity, and perhaps even creativity, 
comes to my mind. This seems to me to be precisely the kinds of
benefits that inert nano-wires does *not* bring.

Peter


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