1/2014Inside the Fly's Onboard Computer
The brain of a housefly weighs around one-thousandth of a gram. Nonetheless, thanks to this
miniscule control center, the insect can evaluate images in fractions of a second and steer its way
through lightning-fast flight maneuvers. It was Werner Reichardt, Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, who, more than 50 years ago, described how the motion detectors in the fly brain work.