A Nigerian techie, Oshi Agabi has showcased his computer that is made of silicon but on mice neurons on Tanzania at the TEDGlobal conference.
The system which has been engineered to dictate the smell of bombs can be used to enhance the security in airports, he said.
However, Experts say it would be difficult to make such a product for the mass-market. But they all admit that this product would go a long way in changing the market if it becomes more widespread.
Agabi wants to reverse-engineer biology that is already carrying out this function with a little bit fraction of the capability that it would take a processor based on silicone. “Biology is tech. Bio is technology,” he says. “It is already established that our deep learning networks are getting their ideas from the brain.”
He started working on Koniku about a year ago and has gotten over one million dollars in funding and revealed that he already makes a profit of $10m off the product.
Koniku Kore is composed of an amalgam of silicon and living neurons and silicon, that has olfactory abilities — as the sensors can find and recognise smells.
We Tell Neurons What To Do
“You tell the neurons what to do and that’s why we are able to instruct it to find explosives.”
He believes that sometime in the future, these devices can be used at airports and reduce a number of queues over security issues.