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Stanford research turns human blood cells into functional neurons (newatlas.com)
131 points by JSeymourATL 68 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 9 comments



I hope the researchers some how finds a way to treat brain injuries, diseases or disorders, especially if this is something that can be achieved in few days.


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Donating blood gives me anxiety now, or were blood cells transformed into neurons inducing nervousness? Hmm. ;)

Give life, donate blood etc.


I am upgrading to SmartBlood(tm) at the earliest opportunity.


I wonder if this has applications in AI.

For example, folks like Jeff Hawkins are obsessed with ML techniques that mimic human neurons. This might give them a way to study and discover properties of neural networks.


Will there ever be a HN thread not wondering about something's applications on AI?


That's the first step into tricking an ubiquitous lifeform, such as a fungus or bacterium into a computer. It comes as no particular surprise to me that teaching living cells to think would turn out easier than doing the same with rocks.


Great, soon we will have to take an IQ test before donating blood. :)


My blood is probably smarter than me. It provides me with everything and appears so self-sufficient as long as I keep it happy with nutrients and solvent.




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