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- n. Plural form of animat.
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Hardware in artificial life usually refers to small animal-like robots called animats, that scientists build and use to study the design principles of autonomous systems.
Warwick currently experiments with half-animal half-robot "animats" like Gordon, whose brain consists of foetal rat neurons on an array of 60 electrodes that pick up the electrical signals emitted by the neurons.
The repeated firing may have wiped the animats' memories, Potter said.
From Wired : The first generation of animats performed simple tasks.
The next phase of animats will likely have an even keener sense of self.
They next hope to try and make the animats learn, and network multiple animates… when do you stop – if at all?
The whole concept of these living neural network “animats” freaks me out a bit.