http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/7867724.stm

Edinburgh University has developed a technique, which allows neurons to grow in fine, detailed patterns on the surface of tiny computer chips.

Cool stuff. I mean it’s really just at the very beginning, but the idea that we can control how human tissues grow over the same materials that we use to create our electronics is a huge step forward if we eventually want to be able to use electronics to help repair, replace and augment our own bodies.

I’ve been saying for years that I want a chip in my optic nerve that gives me a heads-up display without any of the focusing and perspective issues. It’s not there yet, but everything happens in baby steps.

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