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Scientists aim to create AI from human brain cells: ‘New frontier’

This artificial intelligence could be a literal brainchild.

In other words, it’s the reverse of the sci-fi-fostered fear of having a computer chip implanted in our brains.

Researchers claim that utilizing brainpower is far more efficient than concocting AI from concentrate. “If we look at how efficiently the human brain operates in processing of information, learning etc, it is tempting to translate and model that to have a system which will work faster and more efficiently [than] current computers,” Smirnova declared.

By contrast, it would require a whole nuclear power station to run one computer that does what our mind does with 20 watts.

The possibilities of computer-brain interfacing extend beyond simply generating more ram. “For example, we could compare memory formation in organoids derived from healthy people and from Alzheimer’s patients, and try to repair relative deficits,” said Hartung. “We could also use OI to test whether certain substances, such as pesticides, cause memory or learning problems.”

Just like with AI, OI isn’t without its ethical dilemmas, including whether the cells can experience pain or suffering or — on a more dystopian level — if the neurons can develop a consciousness. There is also the question of if the surrogate who donated the cells for the organoids has any rights.

“A key part of our vision is to develop OI in an ethical and socially responsible manner,” Hartung declared. “For this reason, we have partnered with ethicists from the very beginning to establish an ‘embedded ethics’ approach.”

He added, “All ethical issues will be continuously assessed by teams made up of scientists, ethicists, and the public, as the research evolves.” 

The scientists added that ultimately “it’s just a matter of building the community, the tools, and the technologies to realize OI’s full potential.”

Although perhaps scientists should reconsider integrating more human components into AI development.

Category: Technology

Source: NYPost Technology

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