Jun 14, 2022

Growing Human Neurons Connected to a Computer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Ken OtwellIt’s an awkward situation. Was the engineer continuing to do his job? Was his public claim about internal corporate technology interfering with his duties or causing harm to Google? Was it breaking a voluntary non-disclosure?

Kevin CuevasWith neurocyte based computing, it is a question worth exploring since we are already blurring that line anyway.

Neurons are amazing little microbes capable of learning and making decisions. Modern AI tries to take inspiration from living neurons, but why settle for the synthetic version? By growing human neurons directly connected to a computer it’s possible to make a living AI of sorts capable of even complex tasks like flying a plane in a simulation.

Today we explore our first attempt at doing exactly that. We cover building the first prototype multi electrode array, growing the neurons and attempting to take some readings from them. This is the first part of what will hopefully be a many part series, so stay tuned for updates!

More reading/sources:

Rat neuron video-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w41gH6x_30
Rat neuron paper — https://philosophy.as.uky.edu/sites/default/files/Adaptive%2…endorf.pdf.
Multi electrode array fabrication — https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0960-1317/23/9/097001/meta.

Previous videos:

Meat berry — https://youtu.be/FaVHTd9Ne_s.
Magnetron build — https://youtu.be/Cyu7etM-0Ko.

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