Oshiorenoya Agabi, a Nigerian scientist and Silicon Valley innovator, has created a computer that can detect bombs by detecting the scent of explosives. At the TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania, he unveiled the modem-sized technology.
According to Leadership, the AI technology has been dubbed “Koniku Kore.” The system is composed of living neurons and silicon, as well as sensors that detect and recognize odours. According to Agabi, it might be used to replace traditional airport security and could serve as a model for future robot manufacture. Agabi’s computer’s near-human characteristic has earned him a number of plaudits in the tech world. However, other experts believe that “creating such systems for mass-market will be difficult.”
Agabi described the computer to the BBC: “You can give the neurons instructions on what to do – in our case, we tell it to generate a receptor that can detect bombs.” The technology could also be used to diagnose illness by detecting disease signs in the air molecules that a patient emits.
Koniku, Agabi’s start-up, was founded in 2016 and had raised over $1 million (£800,000) in 2017 when Tech Next first made this report.
He stated that the company was already profitable and that it had customers in the aviation and pharmaceutical industries.
Agabi appeared among a number of other speakers during the opening session of the four-day TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania, which focused on highlighting African ideas, innovation, and creativity.