A report published in the journal Frontiers in Science stated that researchers at Johns Hopkins University are in the process of developing and studying biocomputing technologies through the use of human brains.
According to the publication, the developers begin with the premise that human brains are slower than machines for processing simple information such as arithmetic, but are higher in the realm of few data or when they are uncertain.
Through this, researchers seek to explain how to take advantage of organoid intelligence, that is, biological computing from 3D cultures of human brain cells and brain-machine interface technologies.
“We are making a huge effort to compress computing power and increase its efficiency to overcome current technological limitations”
Said Thomas Hartung, one of the researchers leading the project.
Hartung also stated that for over 20 years they have been working on organoid culture in the laboratory that resembles developed organs to experiment with kidneys or lungs without resorting to tests on humans or animals, but the most recent work involves brain organoids that can maintain functions of learning and memory.
Among the main advantages that this technology would bring is the fact that it would decrease the demand for energy consumption in high-level processing computing, since it should be remembered that the Frontiers supercomputer that recently surpassed the computational capacity of a single human brain cost the use of a million times more energy.
Other uses of organoid intelligence are drug testing research and neurodevelopmental or neurodegenerative disorder research to compare them with donor samples, according to Lena Smirnova, a project researcher.