Scientists eye using brain cells to make AI

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Researchers are working on artificial intelligence (AI) built from human brain cells, as revealed by a Johns Hopkins University press release on Tuesday. The project promotes “biocomputing” as the next major step forward for neural networks.

The team aiming to create this “organoid intelligence” is led by Thomas Hartung, an environmental health sciences professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Whiting School of Engineering. The researcher claims that computing and artificial intelligence have reached a tipping point, and that hardware limitations can be overcome by using “organoids,” which are lab-grown tissues that resemble human organs.

According to Hartung, this will enable it to “compact computational power and increase its efficiency to push past our current technological limits.”

The university’s press release specifically mentions the team’s work on organoids based on the human brain. According to Hartung, his team can use this lab-grown tissue to perform tasks that “you cannot ethically do with human brains.” According to the statement, this research will not only benefit self-learning AI, but will also advance the treatment of human cognition issues and impairments.

ChatGPT, an OpenAI language-processing tool, has been making headlines and causing controversy. According to MedPage Today, the neural network was demonstrated to be “smart” enough to pass the US medical license exam in January. Last month, a Russian student successfully presented an AI-written thesis and received his diploma, igniting a controversy surrounding the processing tool. According to INews, both Oxford and Cambridge universities have banned the use of ChatGPT when writing academic papers due to concerns about it plagiarizing human ideas.

The popularity of ChatGTP has sparked a boom in the generative AI industry, with many companies attempting to develop their own competitors. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, called the bot “scary good” on Twitter in December and is considering creating his own.