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    #slime mold, Physarum polycephalum   
    I'd like to introduce you to an organism: a slime mold, Physarum polycephalum.
  • 00:24
     
    #amoeba   
    It is one of 700 known slime molds belonging to the kingdom of the amoeba.
  • 01:58
     
    #time-lapse photography   
    I captured my observations through time-lapse photography.
  • 02:01
     
    #grows at about one centimeter an hour   
    Slime mold grows at about one centimeter an hour, so it's not really ideal for live viewing unless there's some form of really extreme meditation, but through the time lapse, I could observe some really interesting behaviors.
  • 03:01
     
    #Hokkaido University    #filled a maze with slime mold   
    For example, a team in Hokkaido University in Japan filled a maze with slime mold.
  • 04:01
     
    #slime mold was able to learn   
    The conclusion from their experiment was that the slime mold was able to learn.
  • 04:40
     
    #slime mold had replicated the Tokyo transport network   
    The slime mold had replicated the Tokyo transport network — (Laughter) — a complex system developed over time by community dwellings, civil engineering, urban planning.
  • 05:05
     
    #biological computer   
    It is a biological computer.

What Humans Can Learn From Semi-intelligent Slime

Inspired by biological design and self-organizing systems, artist Heather Barnett co-creates with Physarum polycephalum, a eukaryotic microorganism that lives in cool, moist areas. What can people learn from the semi-intelligent slime mold? Watch this talk to find out. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate Follow TED news on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tednews Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector






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