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New device can smell bombs and diseases






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A Nigerian scientist has made a new computer that has artificial intelligence. Dr Oshi Agabi's new computer can smell. He called it Koniku. He has raised over $1 million and his project has made $10 million in profit. Google and Microsoft, and security companies are interested in it. Koniku will be in drones and airport security systems. It will smell bombs and explosives. It will also be in hospitals to smell diseases in humans.

Dr Agabi did not use silicon chips in Koniku. These are not powerful enough to make things to recognize smells. Agabi based his device on neurons from mice. Neurons are brain cells that share information. They use electricity to send information. Using neurons in computers is called biotechnology. Agabi said: "Biology is technology….Our deep learning networks are all copying the brain." He added: "We want to build a…system that has intelligence."

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