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Neuroplatform Human Brain Organoid Bioprocessor Uses Less Electricity

Currently (no pun intended) there is a great demand for electricity to power the world's computer systems, especially its artificial intelligences.

It turns out that there is a more organic, natural and low-powered way to do it.

A Swiss biocomputing startup has launched an online platform that provides remote access to 16 human brain organoids. FinalSpark claims its Neuroplatform is the world’s first online platform delivering access to biological neurons in vitro. Moreover, bioprocessors like this “consume a million times less power than traditional digital processors,” the company says.

FinalSpark says its Neuroplatform is capable of learning and processing information, and due to its low power consumption, it could reduce the environmental impacts of computing. In a recent research paper about its developments, FinalSpakr claims that training a single LLM like GPT-3 required approximately 10GWh – about 6,000 times greater energy consumption than the average European citizen uses in a whole year. Such energy expenditure could be massively cut following the successful deployment of bioprocessors.

(Via TomsHardware)


(Neuroplatform with human brain organoids)

Brain Organoids: These are 3D clusters of cultured neurons, essentially miniature brains grown in a lab dish. FinalSpark’s organoids contain around 10,000 neurons and are roughly half a millimeter thick.

Electrode Integration: Each organoid is implanted with electrodes that allow scientists to stimulate and record neural activity. This enables communication with the organoid and facilitates its learning process.

Networking Capabilities: The platform allows connection of up to four organoids, forming a network that can collectively learn and perform tasks. This distributed processing mimics how the human brain functions.

Remote Access: Researchers can access and interact with the organoids remotely through the Neuroplatform, offering flexibility and wider participation in experiments.

Software Suite: The platform provides a suite of tools for researchers, including:

  • Real-time monitoring of neural activity
  • Programming interface for sending instructions to the organoids (using Python)
  • Digital notebook for documenting research and findings Secure data storage and backup

(Via Technovedas)

Science fiction writer Peter Watts decided you could try giving a plane the brains of a pilot. Literally. In his 1999 novel Starfish, sf author Peter Watts describes what he calls "head cheese":

The Pacific Ocean slopped two kilometers under his feet. He had a cargo of blank-eyed psychotics sitting behind him. And the lifter was being piloted by a large pizza with extra cheese...

Ray had been in this very cockpit, watching the pizza being installed and no doubt wondering when the term "job security" had become an oxymoron... The techs were playing with a square vanilla box, half a meter on a side and about twice as thick as Kita's wrist.

Humans had always been able to integrate 3-D spatial information better than the machines that kept trying to replace them...

Until now, apparently...

"It's one of those smart gels," Ray said at last... "Head cheese. Cultured brains on a slab. The same things they've been plugging into the Net to firewall infections."
(Read more about Watts head cheese)

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