The human brain is vastly more complex that our best supercomputers; yet it can be argued that both systems evolve towards common underlying solutions to fundamental compute problems. Biologically-inspired electronic technologies already are enabling new products, and inversely, nano-electronics is providing elegant tools which equip the life sciences. Perhaps, some day, machines may indeed become organically intelligent, or humans electronically supplemented. In the mean time, this new “electronic species” continues to capture more and more human capability, and gives us a lot to think about. It will be a wild, interdisciplinary ride for future engineers.
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Knoy B033, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN