The simple brain (1999)


How to mimic the behaviour of an animal? It proves to be much simpler than one thinks. A robo cricket with just 4 neurons exhibits the same behaviour as a real one when it’s looking for a mate.
This episode is based on the famous book of Valentino Braitenberg: vehicles.  Braitenberg explains a simple thought experiment and shows that complex behaviour doesn’t need a complex machine. Legobots, made by students of the University of Aarhus, show his ideas are right: they seem to live.
Camera  Peter de Kock,  Sound Ludo Keeris, Direction Karin Schagen