During the TED Global conference in Tanzania, Nigerian Oshi Agabi unveiled a computer based not on Silicon but on mice neurons.
He confidently said the system has been trained to smell explosives and it could replace the traditional security systems at the airports or sensitive locations.
The device is named “Koniku Kore” is of a size of Modem—can provide the brain for future Robots.
Many experts argue that mass production of such systems would be quite challenging.
While computers are better than humans in solving complex mathematical equations, for cognitive functions human brain is much better, this creates a phenomenon where the immense amount of computational power and energy is required in order to train computers.
Mr. Agabi is trying to reverse engineer biology, which already achieves the function with a fraction of the power it might take for a silicon based processor.
Mr. Agabi has launched its startup Koniku more than a year ago, for the startup he raised $1 million in funding and he claims that the company is already in profit by making $10 million worth deals with security industries.
The device “Koniku Kore” is an amalgamation of living neurons and silicon, with olfactory capabilities the device and sensors in it can detect and recognize smells.
Mr. Agabi said, “you can send instructions to neurons what to do, in our case we tell it to create the receptor that can detect explosives.”
Demonstrating prototype at the TED event, he somewhat has solved developing the biological systems keeping neurons alive—said Mr. Agabi
“We think that Robots of the future can be synthetic biology based and we are building foundations for that.”
Elon Musk CEO of Tesla has already after the fusion of Tech and Biology, he has recently announced such venture Neuralink—amalgamate which aims at amalgamating human brain with AI with the use of neural lace.
Neuroscientists are already developing technology which makes it possible for them to communicate with neurons and send them instructions. Prof John Donoghue who is the head of the center of Biology and Neuro-engineering said, Mr. Agabi is developing something really interesting.
Some scientists are also trying to mimic the silicon chips which can work the way neurons work and could finally be proven more efficient and more effective prof John said.
But Mr. Agabi is much convinced about the technology he is developing, he said the idea of developing silicon chips is much more complex and I don’t think it can be scaled while talking to—BBC.