The line between living organisms and machines has just become a whole lot blurrier. European researchers have developed "neuro-chips" in which living brain cells and silicon circuits are coupled together.
To create the neuro-chip, researchers squeezed more than 16,000 electronic transistors and hundreds of capacitors onto a silicon chip just 1 millimeter square in size.
Five years ago researchers wouldn't have even been able to contemplate performing this kind of experiment. This stuff is moving faster than any of us, scientists included, can even being to conceive of. Ray Kurzweil sums it up nicely when he says that all of us are used to thinking in terms of linear progression and very few of us, if any, can truly begin to cognicize the long-term consequences of continual exponential progression in the fields of GNR (genetics, robotics and nanotechnology). If you haven't already, I highly recommend listening to the interview I did with Ray late last year. I'm quite proud of it.