Stem cell AI – ‘brain on a chip’ project aims to revolutionise computing power
NEU-ChiP project, headed at the University of Barcelona by Daniel Tornero (researcher at the Institute of Neurosciences and IDIBAPS) and Jordi Soriano (researcher at UBICS), aims to develop microchips made of neuronal circuits using human induced pluripotent stem cells. The neurons will connect to each other following specific designs being able to carry out tasks of artificial intelligence and deep learning -currently implemented by electronic circuits- with a very low energetic cost and using neuronal computation that so well works in the human brain.
These “neurochips” possess unique advantages including the capacity to adapt to changing information and to self-repair. Involved researchers aim to explore benefits of neuronal computing and make them accessible to develop new technologies that will improve our society.
“Our ability to engineer neuronal circuits in a dish and train them to conduct data analysis will provide new insights on how the brain computes information and finds solutions. The developed technology may even help to design unique and exciting human-machine interfaces.” Daniel Tornero and Jordi Soriano.