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“Switzerland-based startup FinalSpark claims to have built a unique computer processor made from 16 mini brains made from human brain tissue, Tom’s Hardware reports — and they are positioning this “living computer” as an alternative to silicon-based computing.

And now, other researchers can remotely access the startup’s biocomputer, the Neuroplatform, to conduct studies on, say, artificial intelligence, which typically requires enormous resources.

One of the biggest advantages of biological computing is that neurons compute information with much less energy than digital computers,” FinalSpark scientist and strategic advisor Ewelina Kurtys wrote in a company blog post earlier this month. “It is estimated that living neurons can use over 1 million times less energy than the current digital processors we use.”

First of all, I have pretty much an entire book about this exact concept, which I refer to as “vat bundles” and which is discussed extensively in The Abomination Crisis (quote below). This is one of the luxuries that comes with having put out so many books, is eventually you have covered a broad range of stuff, and you can do exactly this and say, Oh, yeah, I have a book about that…

“They were termed “vat-bundles” to avoid legal complications with regards to the grey areas around cloning, reproductive, and human rights. Given that they were literally bundles of nerves grown in a vat solution – which could either live there for an indeterminate period in that form, or be inserted into biological or cybernetic organisms – the naming stuck in popular use.”

There’s also a theme/story device I use in a number of the AI Lore books, especially the Topia Books, where people can temporarily or permanently have their personalities taken over and controlled remotely in a kind of overwrite mode. In the books, there are references to being able to watch movies or play games somehow internally during overwrite sessions, while your body is put through random tasks by the AI systems which control society.

I’d always assumed I guess that what the AIs did with your body was mostly “physbod” tasks (physical body or ‘real’ work), but the item about FinalSpark’s supposed real life vat-bundles makes me think that maybe also the AIs during these sessions use the human brains as distributed biological processing nodes – sort of a human cloud server writ large. Makes sense if you think about it…