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Sensing and sharing information: neurons


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Neurons aid organisms in reacting to environmental stimuli because they collaborate to sense the environment, share information, and filter unimportant information

"Feng Zhao, a computer scientist at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center, proposes equipping machinery and structures with 'collaborating sensors' reminiscent of neurons. These sensors would respond adaptively to the physical environment, infer the needs of their human operators, share information within the network, and filter out unimportant details. A building or piece of equipment containing these sensors would behave almost organically." (Courtesy of the Biomimicry Guild)
About the inspiring organism
Homo sapiens Linnaeus, 1758
Common name: man

Learn more at EOL.org
Some organism data provided by: ITIS: The Integrated Taxonomic Information System
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist

Threat Categories LONG_LC IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern

Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: "Collaborating sensors" could react as neurons do to stimuli around them.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Manufacturing

Feng Zhao
Feng Zhao

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