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Together, PS3s can be very brainy

Students from UC Irvine and Dartmouth college have netted themselves the $10,000 prize at IBM's Cell Broadband Engine Professor University Challenge on September 24. By connecting three PlayStation 3s together the team have emulated functions of the human brain - specifically, visual recognition algorithms. While other gaming platforms had substantial lag when performing visual recognition tasks, the PS3 lowered that to only a second of thinking time in order to recognise an object.

This marks only the beginning of the group's research into utilising artificial brain algorithms for use in robots, cars and other machines. Recreating the human brain, curing cancer - what can't the PS3 do? Maybe one day it'll even have some games to play. We kid, we kid ...

[Via Digg]

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1. ah, the last comment. beat the trolls to it. good stuff.

Posted at 7:48PM on Oct 15th 2007 by Justin

2. You mean first comment?

Posted at 7:53PM on Oct 15th 2007 by Andir3.0

3. 1 -- Central sulcus
2 -- Precentral Gyrus
3 -- Postcentral Gyrus
4 -- Precentral Sulcus

Made me think I was taking another Neuro practical....yuck.

Posted at 7:54PM on Oct 15th 2007 by Adam

4. Wow, the PS3 is really good at folding protein and emulating the human brain. I wonder what the next amazing technological feat will be. Maybe games, wouldn't that be amazing if people used the PS3 for making video games? imagine the possibilities.

Posted at 8:28PM on Oct 15th 2007 by tavdogg

5. Well, nintendo fanvoy's are the only ones who can say: I was playing with my wii last night, you want to play with my wii.... come on, touch it, touch my wii.


Posted at 8:28PM on Oct 15th 2007 by Ruben

6. @taydogg

ah man you were so close at making that call original, let alone first!

you'll get 'em next time sport

Posted at 8:35PM on Oct 15th 2007 by theblackandwhiteknight

7. who is taydog?

Posted at 8:38PM on Oct 15th 2007 by tavdogg

8. PS3 FTW.........LOSER!

Posted at 8:38PM on Oct 15th 2007 by tavdogg

9. Uh oh! PS3 has a practical scientific use, helps cure cancer and has the most technologically advanced games (Killzone 2). I also forgot to mention that PS3 commercials don't involve 2 Japanese men coming to my door and asking me to play with their Wii. Kind of disturbing. But yeah, to the guy that said PS3 has no games. It has better games than the Wii and is catching the 360. Its not too late to change to the winning side.

Posted at 8:39PM on Oct 15th 2007 by Xiru

10. what can't the PS3 do?

1. Out sell the Wii or X360.
2. Get good games.
3. Play PS2 Games anymore.
4. 7 players games.
5. Stick with a good SKU.

Rofol... Yes, I am hating. I want some games so my PS3 will stop collecting dust.

Posted at 8:42PM on Oct 15th 2007 by The1

11. All these news articles prove is that the PS3 is versatile. There is no need to throw games (or in your opinion lack of games) into the mix. I have yet to see any multipurpose uses for the Xbox 360. If you have a link I would like to see it.

Could this info potential be used to make more intelligent AI? Maybe they could even make AI even smarter than some unnamed user.

Posted at 8:46PM on Oct 15th 2007 by Andy

12. "10. what can't the PS3 do?

1. Out sell the Wii or X360.
2. Get good games.
3. Play PS2 Games anymore.
4. 7 players games.
5. Stick with a good SKU.

Rofol... Yes, I am hating. I want some games so my PS3 will stop collecting dust."

PS3 outsells 360 in Japan every week and might even outsell Wii in the coming week in Japan even at the higher price. The no good games argument is false.( The 80gb plays PS2 games just fine. The other comments are your opinion. Do you have anything else I need to debunk? I love beating Wii fanboys at their own games. Also, who cares about 7 player games when you have online? Please give me more of a challenge than this.

Posted at 8:48PM on Oct 15th 2007 by Xiru

13. Of corse the 360 is versatile. I use it to stream my music off my pc through my stereo, playgames online, chat with my friends while they are on a pc or mobile phone. What the hell are you talking about with your crippled a$$ XMB. Oh yeah, I download movies to.

Posted at 8:51PM on Oct 15th 2007 by tavdogg

14. With the PS3 only selling good in Japan won't get you anywhere, just ask the Sega Saturn that. I would rather be succesful in more places like the US and europe then just Japan. Besides the Japanese are strange. They like pokemon and handhelds with a dusting of some of the strangest a$$ games that border on homosexual that I have ever seen. Hell there male characters look like chicks for god sakes.

Posted at 8:55PM on Oct 15th 2007 by tavdogg

15. @10

You don't have a PS3.

By the way, all PS3's collect dust no matter how much you play them.

The no bc PS3 isn't out yet, so even if you had a PS3 you would be able to play most PS2 games.

The PS3 has outsold the 360 for a couple of months, and had they been released at the same time would have about the same sales.

There are a couple of games that support seven players like Pixel Junk and maybe Fifa 08

Coming from someone who owns a 360 and obviously sides with it you are a hypocrite to mock the PS3's SKUs. I would be a hypocrite if I mocked the 360's SKUs.

The PS3 has better and more games than the Wii. The 360 has been out longer so therefore more games have come out for it. Mulitplatform games are now the same on 360 and PS3, Fifa 08, Sega Rally Revo.

Ohh look, I found something wrong with each of your statements. Well one of them is sortof true.

You don't have a PS3.

Posted at 8:58PM on Oct 15th 2007 by Andy

16. The Saturn is a totally different story. It was created with 2d in mind. The PS1 was geared for 3d. Obviously, the future of gaming would be 3d and the Saturn just couldn't keep up. Not to mention Sony had more 3rd party support. This isn't valid because the PS3 is the most powerful and future proof of the 3 consoles and Sony still has the most 3rd party support. Once that price comes down to $299, its game over for the other 2.

Posted at 9:10PM on Oct 15th 2007 by Xiru

17. # 15 AND #12

I do not have a PS3, how much do you want to bet? I got my 60G at Launch, DID YOU? I am not a fan boy for any console, I am a gamer. If you cannot make fun out of a situation then all of you have serious issues. Stop taking things so literal.

Furthermore, I presently a HOME BETA TESTER as I always get in on this for Sony. Just to prove, it to you I use THE1(GT) on all my consoles.

Posted at 9:19PM on Oct 15th 2007 by The1

18. Haha, you would try to tell me you got it at launch? Well i've got you beat. I was the 1st preorder and the 1st to get mine in Waldorf, MD at launch. Probably the 1st in Charles County Maryland. So yeah, I got mine at launch. I waited at 4am on October 10th to secure my preorder on just a "hunch". I'm a little confused though, you say you don't have a PS3 but you are touting how you supposedly got yours before us and that you are a Home beta tester. Well I have all 3 consoles as well, and also a top end PC I use for WoW, Quake 4 and other games. Aside from Wow, I play my PS3 the most. I take this stuff serious because I'm sick of people saying the PS3 is inferior when its clearly not.

Posted at 9:32PM on Oct 15th 2007 by Xiru

19. I reread your statement and I see now why I thought you didn't have a PS3. My bad. I never doubted you had one, it was the other guy. But still, my argument stands. :)

Posted at 9:35PM on Oct 15th 2007 by Xiru

20. @ 9.
um. the ps3 doesn't have killzone 2 yet. that's like saying, well. WE (360) have gears of war 2! Hmph! but really. if that game is good. maybe i'll get a ps3. i don't hate just on principle. if it really gets some solid games that aren't offered for the 360, i'll get me one of them.

Posted at 9:50PM on Oct 15th 2007 by Scutt Farkas

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