A Worm’s Mind In A Lego Body

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What happens when you take the connectome of a worm and transplant it as software in a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot?

Let’s find out!

The nematode worm has been completely mapped. Its tiny body has 302 neurons. The OpenWorm project is working to build a complete simulation of the worm in software.

And the result?
Surprise! The prototype robot behaved in ways that are similar to the tiny worm!

>Stimulation of the nose stopped forward motion. Touching the anterior and posterior touch sensors made the robot move forward and back accordingly. Stimulating the food sensor made the robot move forward.

The connectome of the worm was mapped and implemented and the behaviors emerge.

>Currently the connectome model is being transferred to a Raspberry Pi and a self-contained Pi robot is being constructed. It is suggested that it might have practical application as some sort of mobile sensor – exploring its environment and reporting back results. Given its limited range of behaviors, it seems unlikely to be of practical value, but given more neurons this might change.
Is the robot a C. elegans in a different body or is it something quite new?

Is it alive?

>Calling this a mind upload is wrong. The nervous system of the worm was mapped and replicated in a robot is what happened.[branstonflick](http://www.reddit.com/user/branstonflick)


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“A Worm’s Mind In A Lego Body”