Plymouth scientists create ‘bio music’ using slime

Comments (0) SCIENTISTS and musicians at Plymouth University are working on using living cells inside technology – which may have an important role in the development of artificial intelligence (AI). Experiments have been carried out on using a specially grown slime mould to create electronic music. But the breakthrough could lead to bio components being used in other technology, particularly robots. Professor Eduardo Miranda, head of the Interdisciplinary centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR), has been working with Dr Raymond Sparrow, a Plymouth-based bio-physicist, on the development. They have cultivated the mould Physarum polycephalum and used 3D printers to create components for it. These can be placed into circuits, because the slime can mimic the work of computer processors, such as transistors, when it conducts electricity. Prof Miranda said the university’s…

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