Fungal Computing leads?


#1

Hi all!

I’ve been holed up for the least year finishing my PhD and now I’m putting together a book proposal on mycological happenings… I’m following this thread on “fungal computing” (see attached paper). Besides Adamatsky in Bristol, Nakagaki’s lab in Sapporo has been working with slime molds (Physarum polycephalum) (http://www.cris.hokudai.ac.jp/cris/en/research/ob/ob_innovative/nakagaki.html).

Do any of you know anyone working on this? It would be extra super cool if someone was doing it in a community lab. I want to include as much open source science as possible in the book.

I think that @bengtsjolen mentioned he was working on fungal computing when I met him?

Thanks for any leads !

Towards_Fungal_Computer_RSFS.2018.0029.pdf (2.5 MB)


#2

Thematically close from the Linz crew: http://myceliumns.net/index.html

Also thanks for the paper I’m super interested in these topics, and keep us posted on the book too please.


#3

Ahoj!!

Fungal and amoeboid computing… I like the topic.
Are you more interested in fungi or myxomycetes/amoeba?

P. polycephalum is a good old friend of mine and currently also my flatmate again. :slight_smile:

The DIY Biolab @Bauhaus-Univesity is a community lab and they are working with slime mold for many years already. I recently made some slimelapse movies with my students and it was a lot of fun. I will compile and upload the material soon.

Links to projects in the Biolab:
https://www.uni-weimar.de/kunst-und-gestaltung/wiki/GMU:Habitats_SS18/Physarum_Polycephalum

https://www.uni-weimar.de/kunst-und-gestaltung/wiki/User:Junilia/Lichtspiele_reAnimiert/Bauhaus_feedback_loop_–_traces_of_Bauhaus

Project in 2013/2014 (in cooperation with Adamatzky)
http://www.phychip.eu

I can post more info tomorrow…
What are you interested in?


#5

Thanks @glitch for the link! “post-internet mudland” – I love it.

@julian – “slimelapse”, that is a great word :slight_smile: I’m partial to work with filamentous fungi, since that is my main focus, but the work with myxomycetes are also fascinating. In the paper that I posted, Adamatzky is experimenting with oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus), which synchronizes well with the other things I want to write about… but honestly at this point, I’m just trying to see what’s out there! I’d love to hear more about what you guys are doing :smile: Is anyone at your lab working on the “Physarum Chip” these days?

To give some more context, I’d love to find someone to interview who has done (or is doing) this research. And to figure out if it is something that is happening outside of universities or if it’s only being done by “professional” scientists.

These links are all really helpful – thank you guys :mushroom: :hearts: :robot:


#6

hoi zäme,
there is also this extension from the “linz” mycelium network growing in Taiwan.

also part of Shulea Chang’s activity had residency call:

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#7

and some ancient notes on “beyond slimemold art”

https://hackteria.org/wiki/Jenseits_der_Schleimpilzkunst_-_Au-delà_de_l'art_myxomycète


#8

Sarah Grant ran biocomputing with slime moulds course as part of Critical Engineering 2018 Intensives in Berlin: https://criticalengineering.org/intensives/2018/#biocomputing. She’s really helpful if you have any questions about that.


#9

Thank you @dusjagr and @opit for these links!

From this, I’ve figured out that this course with Sarah Grant must have been what Bengt was referring to when he mentioned that he was going to work on a fungal computer in Geneva. (I love that she has a ham radio channel.)

I’m wondering now if I should do a whole chapter on fungus-inspired art.

Unrelated, I am appreciating all your salutations! (hoi zäme!) I’m reading a book about whales and whaling so “ahoj” seems appropriate :sailboat: :wave:


#10

Bauhaus-University is an arts school… so i guess you can’t call the students “professional scientists” :wink:


#11

Ah okay, thanks for clarifying. That makes sense.


#12

Hello, its not about “fungal computing” but we did some experiments with the basidiomycete genus Armillaria. The works deal more with interspecies communication. We used the bioluminescent ability of the fungus, to find out more about its hidden live…
If you are interested, visit our webpage:
http://www.baggenstos-rudolf.ch/seductive_green_light.html
Best, Heidy & Andreas