Heather Barnett creates fascinating biodesigns with the semi-intelligent slime known as 'mould' (US 'mold'). While it has no brain nor central nervous system, the single-celled organism Physarum polycephalum shows a primitive form of memory, problem-solving skills and the apparent ability to make decisions. It is used as a model organism in diverse areas of scientific research, including biological computing, robotics and structural design.
“It is also quite beautiful,” says Barnett, “and makes therefore for a great creative collaborator. Although ultimately I cannot control the final outcome, it is a rather independent organism.”
What can people learn from the semi-intelligent slime mold? Watch this talk to find out.