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.

6 Comments on "Slime Mold Expresses Its Emotions Through Robotic Face"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Aug 20, 2013 at 11:39 am |

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

  2. Ted Heistman | Aug 20, 2013 at 1:43 pm |

    Joseph Gordon Leavitt’s an android? Who knew!

  3. InfvoCuernos | Aug 20, 2013 at 7:07 pm |

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

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