Creating a ‘Natural Language’ Interface: An Artificial Neuron Powered by Dopamine to Communicate with Brain Cells

Dopamine is used by this artificial neuron to communicate with brain cells

The chip is an artificial neural network, and it’s not like the previous chips that were built to mimic electrical brain signals. It adapts and adopts the brain’s other communication channel, chemicals.

These chemicals, called neurotransmitters by Dr. Benhui Hu of Nanjing Medical University (China), are the \”natural language\” of the brain. A chemically-based artificial neuron could theoretically tap into neural circuits to pilot a mouse leg or create a new family of brain controlled prosthetics and neural implants.

Hu and Dr. Xiaodong Chen, at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, have made a long-term progress towards connecting artificial and biochemical neurons to create a semiliving circuit. The setup was not a one-way communication where one component activated the other. It was powered by dopamine. The artificial neuron was in a loop, sending out dopamine and receiving feedback from its biological counterparts to alter its behavior.

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This Artificial Neuron Uses Dopamine to Communicate With Brain Cells