'Lucy' robot developed by Steve Grand, Somerset, England, 2001-2006
This home-made robot was built by Steve Grand to study how the human brain processes visual information. LUCY’s electronic brain uses 50,000 artificial neurons to try to make sense of the world. Humans can tell different objects apart, categorise them and identify them from different angles. How the brain does this is not fully understood, making it very difficult to re-create in robots. LUCY cannot compete with a human’s 100 billion neurons, but over several years it learned to distinguish a banana from a bunch of apples without any programming or human help.