Fiction has never been as close to what we know today as reality. It sounds like a repetitive and exaggerated statement, but nothing could be closer to reality than this. One need only look at the technological breakthroughs of recent years to see this.
One such breakthrough took place in Melbourne at the end of 2021. A group of health engineers and scientists with expertise in the field achieved something incredible: growing human neurons in a computer system.
The discovery was made possible thanks to a common element that machines and the human brain share: communication by electrical impulses. An obvious statement, but one that hides a whole series of implications and, moreover, opens up a universe of new possibilities for technology applied to health and biology xnxx.
THE ‘DISHBRAIN’ OF CORTICAL LABS
The project was born under the name ‘Dishbrain’, a system capable of enabling communication between artificially cultured cells. To achieve this, Cortical Labs took as a key reference silicon computers, whose electrical signals are strategically distributed through wires, functioning very similar to that of the human brain with its neurons assuming the role of link.
From there, they succeeded in creating a silicon chip and connecting it to the neurons. As a result, the system became able to command the brain cells according to it. In other words, it can order the growth, reproduction or death of brain cells.
This technology is still in its infancy, but its use is expected to revolutionise the world irrevocably. It is believed that this fusion of silicon or human neuron could learn at a much faster rate than AI, finding use in almost any form of technology applicable today.
But is this power really that relevant? One only has to look at it in context to see the impact. Currently, silicon computers and AI only give us 0.0001% of the brain function of, say, an intelligent mammal like a cat.
Not to mention the amount of energy expended in the process. A human brain consumes only 20 several, less than an ordinary light bulb.
DONORS AND USAGE RIGHTS
Nothing is created out of nothing. This principle also applies to neuron cultures. In order to culture, it is necessary to take inputs from human donors. We are not talking about neurons, of course. Just human skin or any other tissue, and let the stem cells do their job.
As something that in practice seems harmless and irrelevant, it is necessary to ask how necessary it is to compensate donors for their resources. Do they even need to know about it directly?
What is certain is that this new way of growing neurons offers endless possibilities for the study of brain anatomy and function, much of which is still unknown. Especially with regard to consciousness, personality and the soul.
Another point that only raises doubts and questions is the fact that it has been proven that better neurons offer faster functioning. That means, by association, that the world’s brightest minds could be the ideal input for the most powerful machines.
Which 21st century geniuses would produce the most capable and powerful neurons?