Oshiorenoya Agabi, from Nigeria, is an amazing scientist and innovator who is also heading Koniku, a company that is building chips with biological neurons. And this is not science fiction. Indeed, with biological neurons, Agabi would like to build the first computer chip with living processors! Learning processors!
Agabi graduated in Nigeria with a Master's in Physics. Then, he specialized in neurosciences. Computational Neuroscience, to be more precise, is what he excels in. He observers how neurons function and tries to find ways to communicate with them. He actually holds a Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience and Bioengineering from Imperial College, in London.
Agabi has experience teaching machines to learn and has studied carefully the brain's mechanics. Now, with his team at Koniku, he believes that they can organize living neurons into circuits that will perform specific tasks. With this technology, Koniku could create the next generation of supercomputers with unrivaled capabilities.
What this means, in simple terms, is that the computers of the future will not use chips made of silicon. The future that Koniku is envisaging is one where devices are going to think like human beings. If a computer code can create an Excel or PowerPoint doc, for instance, the capabilities offered by neurons are bigger. Indeed, DNA sequences can help create any desired receptor inside a neuron. In other words, the computers that will use living neurons, instead of silicon chips, could be used, among others, for particle detection with applications in several industries (military, agriculture and agro-processing, etc.).
This technology already exists in dogs, for instance, who are trained to detect drugs, bombs, etc. Imagine, now, that a computer can do what dogs are trained for, and in a more effective way. Wait and see …