Scientists Linked Artificial and Biological Neurons in a Network…And It Worked

Scientists have linked up two silicon-based artificial neurons with a biological one across multiple countries into a fully-functional network. Using standard internet protocols, they established a chain of communication whereby an artificial neuron controls a living, biological one, and passes on the info to another artificial one…

…Neuromorphic computing is one path towards the future of extremely powerful, low energy consumption artificial neural network-based computing—in hardware—that could in theory better link up with the brain. Because the chips “speak” the brain’s language, in theory they could become neuroprosthesis hubs far more advanced and “natural” than anything currently possible.

This month, an international team put all of those ingredients together, turning theory into reality.

The three labs, scattered across Padova, Italy, Zurich, Switzerland, and Southampton, England, collaborated to create a fully self-controlled, hybrid artificial-biological neural network that communicated using biological principles, but over the internet.

Nutters will be crapping their drawers. Various and sundry members of every mystic order, quasi-or-otherwise-religious denomination that requires an invisible super-being to create stuff…will get out the iron suit of biblical certainty. Defenders of the True Faith, wherever in power, will demand this research be shutdown, closed, sent to Purgatory or prison or both.

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