Scientists claimed that artificial intelligence (AI) and the human brain can now be joined together after discovering new bio-synthetic material. According to Independent U.K.'s latest report, experts said that the discovery, which was presented at the American Chemical Society Fall 2020 virtual expo on Aug. 16, can create part human, part robotic "cyborg" beings a possibility.
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Many scientists and researchers face major challenges when merging electronics to human tissue because of traditional materials such as silicon, steel, and gold that causes scars to the human body when implanted. They explained that injuries do bot only cause damage to human tissues--it also affects electrical signals flowing between the brain or other muscle tissue and computers.
"We got the idea for this project because we were trying to interface rigid organic microelectrodes with the brain, but brains are made out of organic, salty, live materials," said the study's lead researcher, Dr. David Martin
"It wasn't working well, so we thought there must be a better way," he added.
He also explained that the team of scientists started to focus on organic electronic materials, such as conjugated polymers, which are used in non-biological devices. The discovered a commercially-sold chemically stable material that could be used as an electronic displays' antistatic coating.
What is Polymer or Pedot
The newly discovered material is called a polymer, also known as a "Pedot," which can integrate electronic hardware to human tissue because of its properties that improve the medical implants' performance without causing any scars or injuries.
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The previous study also found out that standard house bricks could be made into energy storage units using the versatile Pedot polymer because of the material's ability to penetrate porous materials and conduct electricity. On the other hand, a Pedot film with an antibody that stimulates blood vessel growth after injury was used in the latest research.
The polymer film could also, theoretically, attach peptides, DNA, and antibodies.
"Name your favorite biomolecule, and you can in principle make a Pedot film that has whatever biofunctional group you might be interested in," said Martin.
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Written by: Giuliano de Leon.