Brain storming

The next stage in the development of artificial intelligence is a stem-cell-based biological computer.

Neu-ChiP, an international collaboration funded by the European Union with the participation of Dr. Shahar Kvatinsky, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Dr. Ramez Daniel, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, both at Technion Israel, is expected to accelerate computational processes and even enable ones that cannot be performed by classic computers. Indeed, the project is laying the foundations for a “paradigm shift” in machine learning technology.

The project involves academic partners from Loughborough University (UK), the University of Barcelona (Spain), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France), Technion Israel Institute of Technology (Israel), and the company 3Brain AG (Switzerland). It has been awarded €3.5m (£3.06m) by the European Commission’s Future and Emerging Technologies (FET).

Photo: SEM image of a primary rat neuronal culture grown on the 3D CMOS-MEA. Neurons are located on top and at the base of the structured electrodes
Credit: 3Brain AG