This one is not from Silicon Valley but a computer based on mice neurons at the TEDGLOBAL conference in Tanzania. Nigerian Oahi Agåbi reports.

The system has been trained to recognize the smell of explosives and could be used to replace traditional airport security, said Agabi


He launched his start -up Koniku over a year ago with around $900,000 + and claims that it is already making profits of $10M in deals with the security industry.


Koniku Kore is an amalgam of living neurons and silicon, with olfactory capabilities –basically sensors that can defect and recognize smells.


“By giving the neurons instructions about what to do – in this case we tell it to provide a receptor that can detect explosives,”

He envisages a future where such devices can be discreetly used at various points in airports, eliminating the need for queues to get through airport security. Also it can be used for bomb detection, the device could be used to detect illness by sensing markers of a disease in the air molecules that a patient gives off.


“This device can live on a desk and we keep them alive for a couple of months”, he told the BBC.

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Ultimately though he has much bigger ambitions, that he maybe processing power that is going to run the robots of the future on synthetic biology-based and is laying the foundations for the today.

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