If there are two things the Internet loves, it's cute, fuzzy animals and deadly cyborgs. As awesome as those two things are on their own, though, combining them gives us something that's often more disturbing and insane than either of those could bring us on their own.
Ah, science. Apparently, we won't learn until Terminator badgers and RoboCop narwhals take over the world.
Here's a question for you: If the human brain is way faster and more efficient than a computer many times its size, why aren't we devoting our time to trying to design artificial, organic brains instead of computers? If your answer is that the result would be a superintelligent, unpredictable monstrosity that would quickly take over the Earth, well, that's probably the reason.
Science: bringing nightmares to life.
But science, oh glorious science, couldn't resist the temptation forever and is already taking steps toward creating an organic thinking machine. In 1999, scientists at Georgia Tech created a computer able to do basic computations, and they made it out of a leech's brain.
Via BBC News
Yes, a leech. It will be a blood-drinking robot.
What Were They Thinking?
Since this is fairly uncharted territory, the eggheads figured they'd better start small. The robo-leech is only able to do simple calculations, but it's still a solid first step into bio-organic computer components. In the decade since, scientists have continued research into making living things into computer parts. Take, for example, the gold-plated microbes that scientists built to act as humidity sensors in moisture-sensitive equipment. They're four times more accurate at detecting moisture than solely electronic sensors.
Via BBC News