Silicon neuron

We may have taken another tentative step forward towards a cyborg future with the development of transistors with lipid membranes by researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The researchers there have sealed silicon-nanowire transistors in a membrane similar to those that surround biological cells and claim that these hybrid devices operate in a similar way to nerve cells. The development could one day lead to better interfaces for prosthetic limbs and cochlear implants. They could also find use as novel biosensors for medical diagnostics applications.