Robots with brain-like neurons are on the horizon after the creation of man-made nerve cells in the lab.
The breakthrough could also lead to a better understanding of Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases – opening the door to new treatments.
The synthetic cells mimic characteristics of the real thing. They can stimulate natural nerves – making them a promising strategy for therapies of the future. Named c-OECNs (conductance-based organic electrochemical neurons), they closely resemble 15 of the 20 features of biological nerve cells. This means they function in a similar way – a major step forward in artificial intelligence.
The principal investigator is Professor Simone Fabiano, of Linkoping University, Sweden,