A miniature brain made from organic 'synapses' classifies cells in a tabletop device
Computers have long been equated with brains, but we are only now getting close to truly neuromorphic architectures and processing. Artificial intelligence started out with rules-based classical logic and progressed to learning based on inference and experience. To reach the next level where decisions can be made in novel situations that are not predetermined in any way, scientists are turning toward ever more human-like architectures. Researchers behind the EU-funded BIOMORPHIC project previously developed an organic artificial synapse, mimicking the junction across which two neurons transmit information in the form of an electrochemical signal. BIOMORPHIC plans to take that to incredible new heights, creating an interconnected network of these 'synapses' able to classify cells in an inexpensive microfluidic device.
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