Authors: Sharon Salt, Editor
In a first-of-its-kind achievement, researchers have developed artificial neurons on silicon chips that behave like biological neurons. Not only do the artificial neurons behave similarly, but they also only need one billionth of the power of a microprocessor, which makes them ideal candidates for use in medical implants.
Developing these artificial neurons has been a major goal in medicine, as it opens the possibility of curing conditions where neurons are not working properly. However, their development has been immensely challenging due to the complex biology and hard-to-predict nature of neuronal responses.