Artificial neurons on silicon chips that behave just like the real thing have been invented by scientists – a first-of-its-kind achievement with enormous scope for medical devices to help chronic diseases, such as heart failure, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases of neuronal degeneration.

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While the science is great they seem to be no use in simulating neuronal diseases. What they have is a nice simulation of working neurons at an electrical level, but those disease mentioned are from chemical and physicals changes that (i) in many cases we have no idea what they are caused by exactly and (ii) are not modeled in their system. It might be possible to add some in to their model, but I am not sure we would learn anything new.


Well, well, well. Cyberbrains seem right around the corner.


Do they grow dandrites?


What about neuronal supplementation?


Nice. Can’t wait to see how they build them.