Slime Mold Expresses Its Emotions Through Robotic Face

Android technology may reveal the inner lives of simple and mysterious creatures, in disturbing fashion. Via New Scientist:

Slime mold finds the quickest path between food and has even shown signs of having memory – despite not having a brain.

A human-like robot face has been hooked up so that its expressions are controlled by the electrical signals produced when yellow slime mold shies away from light, or moves eagerly towards food.

Physarum polycephalum is a common yellow slime mold which ranges in size from several hundred micrometres to more than one metre. It is an aggregation of hundreds or thousands of identical unicellular organisms that merge together into one huge “cell” containing all their nuclei.

  • BuzzCoastin

    I always wondered how they got Cheney to look sorta human
    slime mold!

  • Ted Heistman

    Joseph Gordon Leavitt’s an android? Who knew!

  • InfvoCuernos

    Doesn’t anybody in a labcoat ever think maybe putting a slime mold in control of a robot is a bad idea?

    • Calypso_1

      Just wait till we hook up a jellyfish to the global financial network.

      • The Well Dressed Man

        Is that a graph of an OTC derivative in 3-space?

        • Calypso_1

          Polychoron orthogonal projection on a 3-space ERCO substrate.