Chinese scientists develop robot with lab-grown artificial brain capable of learning tasks


Chinese scientists have developed a robot powered by a lab-grown artificial brain that can be taught to perform various tasks.

The brain-on-chip technology, developed by researchers at Tianjin University and the Southern University of Science and Technology, combines a brain organoid—a tissue derived from human stem cells—with a neural interface chip.

This enabled the robot to avoid obstacles and grip objects, according to the South China Morning Post.

The technology represents an emerging branch of brain-computer interfaces (BCI), which aim to merge the brain’s electrical signals with external computing power—a priority for China.

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Tianjin University describes the invention as “the world’s first open-source brain-on-chip intelligent complex information interaction system,” which could lead to the development of brain-like computing.

Ming Dong, vice-president of Tianjin University, explained, “This is a technology that uses an in-vitro cultured ‘brain’ such as brain organoids, coupled with an electrode chip to form a brain-on-chip,” which encodes and decodes stimulation feedback.

BCI technology has gained widespread attention due to Elon Musk-backed Neuralink, an implantable interface designed to let patients control devices with only their thoughts.

Tianjin University now claims its research could lead to the development of hybrid human-robot intelligence.

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