Nigerian Scientist creates drones that think and smell like humans

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Oshiorenoya E. Agabi is a Nigerian Neuroscientist and engineer, who is currently doing well for himself and the country as he has created drones that can think like humans, smell bomb. He is the founder of koniku, a wetware company which happens to be the world’s first neurocomputation company located in silicon valley.

Osh as he is popularly called left Nigeria for Sweden where he obtained a Master of Science in Physics from Umeå University in 2005. Immediately he attended Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich in Switzerland around 2005 – 2010, where he developed applied criteria for computability of biological neurons in vitro.

He went further to obtain a PhD in Computational Neuroscience and Engineering at Imperial College London in 2014, which is what lead to this new discovery/innovation of his. Osh’s Ph.D. research is based on allowing drug developers to replicate human organ drug interactions using “lab on a chip” technology in order to radically improve preclinical testing procedures.

Based on his research his company has developed a prototype 64-neuron silicon chip and their first application is making a drone that can smell explosives. According to him, the drone would be able to smell bombs several kilometers away. (it could also be used for surveying farmland, refineries, manufacturing plants or anything where health and safety can be measured by an acute sense of smell).

Osh said;

“there are no practical limits to how large we can make our devices or how much we can engineer our neurons. I believe as intelligent computation goes—biology is the ultimate frontier.”

Also on  his LinkedIn profile, Oshiorenoya E. Agabi wrote;

“Imagine being able to detect odours a significant distance away with form factors which you can mount on a commercially available drone. The system will be complete with on board biological learning and classification.”, wrote



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