What happens if we put “sentient” AI in a lab-grown brain?

What happens if we put “sentient” AI in a lab-grown brain?

A team of scientists from the Max Planck Society recently published stunning new research that suggests they have taken the field of “organoids” to a bold new frontier.

In front: Organoids are synthetic biological constructs that mimic human organs to varying degrees.

Scientists grow organoids by programming stem cell clusters. Essentially, they feed the clusters the necessary components to fuel their growth, and then they apply a series of limiters to get them to become the kind of organoid we want.

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The ultimate hope is that we will be able to grow organ analogues – for example synthetic liver or brain organoids – that we can use to advance our scientific and medical knowledge.

As far as the scientific world is concerned, there is an extreme shortage of healthy human organs available for invasive study. If we could grow our own fake ones to shred, pump up with experimental drugs, and do other scientific stuff, it could revolutionize the way we treat injury, disease, and aging. But you can still be a long way from something like that.

As you can imagine, growing synthetic brains is incredibly complex.

Background: The big news from the Max Planck Society’s research concerns the development of a special type of cell in the team’s brain organoids.

According to the team’s research, their organoids produced “outer radial glial cells,” a type of stem cell that scientists believe is responsible for the development of the cerebral hemispheres in humans and primates.

This is a significant finding because, as mentioned above, it is difficult to find healthy brains that contain these special cells.

The Max Planck team’s other major contribution with this work is the fine-tuning of a protocol that consistently delivers the desired results.

As you can imagine, growing synthetic brains is incredibly complex. Getting it just right used to take decades of trial and error.

Over time, this research could lead to more robust brain cultures. Who knows, it’s possible that in the future scientists will create a synthetic human brain identical to the real one.

Which begs the question, what happens when we connect a brain implant to a working synthetic brain?

Strange recording: Companies like Neuralink claim they are on the verge of developing invasive implants that will eventually be inserted into healthy human brains for the purpose of augmentation.

Neuralink claims it will be conducting human trials by the end of 2022, but we’re not holding our breath. Our interpretation of this statement is that Elon Musk (the founder of Neuralink) had the company put on a waiting list to conduct a study in medical patients who already have invasive brain implants for medical purposes.

It is hard to imagine that a governing body with the power to approve such a request would actually do so.

That being said, progress is unstoppable. One day people will have working brain implants. And what better way to test them than on synthetic brains that mimic reality?

This technology feels far away. But also synthetic brains that imitate human brains. And, by the way, also artificial intelligence on a human level.

It is clear that these three technologies will inevitably overlap. When organoids eventually achieve true analog capacity, AI becomes artificial general intelligence, and brain-computer interfaces can interpret the brain’s unique language, there’s no telling what kind of “beings” we might assemble.

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