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LudwigPastorius

(9,815 posts)
Wed May 29, 2024, 09:11 PM May 29

16 lab-grown brains run world's first 'living computer' in Switzerland

"Brains" is headline clickbait, but the story is interesting.

https://interestingengineering.com/innovation/worlds-first-living-computer-switzerland?utm



Swiss technology firm Final Spark has successfully launched Neuroplatform, the world’s first bioprocessing platform where human brain organoids (lab-grown miniaturized versions of organs) perform computational tasks instead of silicon chips.

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Replacing silicon chips with bioprocessors could lead to drastic energy savings. Final Spark allows research labs to experience the power of biological processors on the Neuroplatform.

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Final Spark has made working these varied components possible through an innovative setup called Multi-Electrode Arrays (MEAs), where the three-dimensional masses of brain tissue are placed.

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Final Spark faced many challenges in its early years since the organoids would die in just a few hours. The company has worked on this shortcoming and improved its MEA systems to ensure that organoids live for 100 days.


If you've watched Star Trek Voyager, with its "bio-neural gel packs", you are familiar with the concept. The pulp sci-fi, The Matrix, takes the idea to its dystopian extreme, a superintelligent AI using human brains for their processing power.

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16 lab-grown brains run world's first 'living computer' in Switzerland (Original Post) LudwigPastorius May 29 OP
My bio-engineer daughter verifies this is real. It will change the world lindysalsagal May 29 #1
Yeah. LudwigPastorius May 29 #2
Yeah, a tad creepy PatSeg May 29 #3
Grody but fascinating. chowder66 May 29 #4
At least it'll give us another excuse to skip out from work. LudwigPastorius May 29 #5
Brain drain! chowder66 May 29 #7
Can't wait for all the cute TikTok brain videos!! chowder66 May 29 #8
...or, for the MAGA/Q conspiracy that Democrats are harvesting fetuses to run Hillary's email server. LudwigPastorius May 29 #11
I was wondering when... Think. Again. May 29 #6
The hard question is that of consciousness. triron May 29 #9
That's always been a question though... Think. Again. May 30 #14
! LudwigPastorius May 29 #10
Lab grown brains? Wednesdays May 29 #12
Abby Normal? nt Hotler May 29 #13

LudwigPastorius

(9,815 posts)
2. Yeah.
Wed May 29, 2024, 09:31 PM
May 29

While I know there's no chance that human brain organoid processors could have any kind of awareness, it still gives me a squeamish feeling.

Call it the "I Have No Mouth And I Must Compile Your Program" creeps.

LudwigPastorius

(9,815 posts)
5. At least it'll give us another excuse to skip out from work.
Wed May 29, 2024, 09:37 PM
May 29

"Sorry, but I've got to run home and feed my computer."

Think. Again.

(12,332 posts)
6. I was wondering when...
Wed May 29, 2024, 09:37 PM
May 29

...they were going to get around to using biological materials to build computers rather than minerals.

I think now we're getting close to the having to ask the question of whether, if we instill learning AI into biological materials, and build it so that it is self sustaining somehow, have we created life?

Think. Again.

(12,332 posts)
14. That's always been a question though...
Thu May 30, 2024, 04:59 AM
May 30

...not to get too philosophical, but we don't even understand conciousness in humans or other animals, "the only conciousness I am sure of is my own", etc.

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