18106 Nis, Serbia +381 62 9648511

Scientists Construct Bio-computer Made From Living Human Cells

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.

Related articles

Bioengineered Lungs Grown in a Lab Successfully Transplanted Into Living Pigs

LUNGS-ON-DEMAND. In the U.S. alone, more than 1,400 people are waiting for a lung transplant — there simply aren’t enough donor lungs available to meet the need. Soon, though, patients might have a new source for brand new […]

Learn More

Your computer can help cure cancer, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and many other diseases while you sleep!

Yes, you read it right: the same dust collector you use to watch kitten videos can help scientists around the world to execute complex calculations in order to understand how proteins fold (which is essential […]

Learn More

Wondering How to Start With Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence? Read This!

When you want to learn and become better at something, one of the biggest problems is to find the right place to start. This is especially true today, as there are SO MANY tutorials, courses, […]

Learn More

We would love to hear what you have to say about this: