A Nigerian and neuroscientist has created a new computer that has artificial (AI). Dr Oshi Agabi has spent many years trying to make a computer that can smell. He launched his start-up last year and called it Koniku. He has raised over $1 in . Dr Agabi said his project is already making profits of $10 million. Technology giants like Google and Microsoft are very interested in it. The security is also keeping a close watch. Koniku could be put in and smell bombs and explosives. It could also be used in airport systems to smell explosives. An additional use could be in hospitals to smell in humans.
Dr Agabi did not base Koniku on chips. Agabi said computers have used silicon for , but it is not powerful enough to deal with the maths needed to recognize smells. Instead, he based his on neurons from the brain of a . Neurons are cells in the brain that share . They use electricity and chemical signals to process and send information. Using neurons in computers is called biotechnology. Agabi said biotechnology can make devices that can smell. He said: "Biology is . Bio is tech. Our deep networks are all copying the ." Agabi added: "We want to build a… that has intelligence. We do not want to build a human brain. It's not fiction."