Slime mold is a very curious substance. Lab experiments have found that some types of the organisms exhibit signs of “intelligence” — in the form of being able to learn and remember — even though they’re “no more than a bag of amoebae encased in a thin slime sheath,” as slime mold expert John Tyler Bonner put it.
The robot face acts out happy slime mold.
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Ella Gale, who researches memristors and brain-like computers at the University of the West of England, has translated some of a particular slime mold’s more interesting behaviors into human emotion — as expressed by a robot face.