The field of artificial intelligence (AI) has seen tremendous progress in recent years—even in recent months. Scientists are now exploring the idea of using human brain cells to create computers that are even more powerful than AI. These biocomputers, also known as organic or living computers, could be the future of computing—and could even make AI obsolete.
How Do Biocomputers Work?
Human brain cell computers or “Biocomputers” are powered by human brain cells—or “living cells”—to perform computations. They are genetically engineered to respond to specific inputs, such as light or chemicals, to produce specific outputs. Research is currently being conducted to explore the possibility of using independent brain cells to control robots and prosthetic devices through simple circuits that can perform logical operations.
Artificial vs. Biological Intelligence
Biocomputers offer several advantages over traditional computers and AI. For one, they can perform complex computations using very little energy. These advanced computers have the ability to process information faster. They may also have multitasking and parallel processing capabilities that will allow them to handle large amounts of data quickly and efficiently.
Another impressive point for biocomputers is that they will essentially leverage the human brain’s processing power and understand the basis of human cognition and thinking. For example, DishBrain—a system powered by 800,000 living human brain cells—naturally learned to play the game Pong by reacting to its environment. This proves that neurons in a dish can learn and display basic signs of intelligence, meaning that biological intelligence fundamentally differs from artificial intelligence. DishBrain’s success at playing Pong through a feedback loop means it could potentially get better the more it plays, furthering research in the field of synthetic biological intelligence.
Current Research and Developments
Scientists are currently exploring various ways to use biocomputers. One promising development is the use of stem cells to create brain-like structures, known as organoids, in a lab. These organoids can mimic the structure and function of the human brain. Experts are using organoids to study brain disorders and test new drugs. They are also exploring the potential of using organoids to create biocomputers that can perform complex computations.
The potential applications of biocomputers are vast. They could be used to control prosthetic devices, such as artificial limbs, enabling them to respond more naturally to the user’s commands. Biocomputers could also be used to control robots in hazardous environments, such as nuclear power plants or space exploration missions.
Human brain cell computers could be used in the field of medicine to monitor and control drug delivery systems, ensuring that patients receive the correct dosage at the right time. They could help diagnose and treat diseases by analyzing biological signals and producing personalized treatment plans.
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