We would benefit greatly from surpassing the limitations of our monkey brains. If we are to construct such AI, we need to make sure we can understand it, and hopefully moderate it – ahem – guide it.
It is extremely difficult to make a safety switch (and perhaps ethically wrong), and that is why Elon Musk and like-minded people propose integrating the technology into our biology. This bio-computer may be a step towards Musk’s idea.
Using nine different cell populations assembled into 3D cultures, the team of synthetic biologists has managed to get them to behave like a very simple electronic computational circuit. Take out the electrical wiring and signaling, and replace them with chemical inputs, and you’ve got a living computer that responds to incoming data and can process it using rudimentary logic gates AND, NOT, and OR. See more on IFLS blog.