Artificial Intelligence and Biotechnology

A discussion on science fiction becoming reality

Alex Moltzau
Aug 18 · 4 min read

Today I will discuss a broad question from a friend in brief. “I have been thinking about how can we integrate cognitive science, deep learning and AI applications- there are some innovations regarding digital DNA that integrate computer brain neurons, Artificial intelligence, and the brand personality. Want to talk about this? I believe this could bring industry 4.0 to a new level, something where a human is talking to a human-face robot which due to humongous data and real-time learning could achieve human-like behavior. #scifi becoming reality?” I thought this was an interesting line of thought so I will attempt to provide an answer as a comment to this ongoing discussion.

Digital DNA that integrates computer brain neurons, Artificial intelligence, and brand personality

I have heard talk of this elsewhere and some discuss it as personalized AI or advanced chatbots. My interpretation of this question, however, goes beyond its intended scope. Thus we approach the combination of artificial intelligence and biotechnology. It is as such hard not to talk of Elon Musk in this context.

Neuralink Corporation is an American neurotechnology company founded by Elon Musk and others, developing implantable brain-machine interfaces (BMIs).

The company blasted into global attention earlier this year in July 2019, when it received $158 million in funding (of which $100 million from Musk) and was employing a staff of 90 employees. It did, however, start in 2016 and did work with biotech, and the eventual goal was a human enhancement, sometimes called transhumanism. There is certainly a yearning that the science fiction becomes reality, although it is unlikely to happen soon in the shape or form some expect it.

There is apparently venture-capital money flowing into biotech over the past few years has led to higher levels of private financing according to an article on the 14th of August 2019 by Business Insider. This does not surprise me with the level of excitement for the merger of human and machine as well as the growth of transhumanism or notions of singularity. I do not see this as a trend in decline, and it can be said to be increasing rapidly according to what I have experienced so far.

Is it realistic to see this as a sci-fi scenario soon?

This question is harder to answer. Widespread Internet and connected devices across the planet was a part of societal change few (if any) could predict 50 years ago. If we attempt to look into the near future of 10-20 years ahead it seems even harder to imagine the near future.

However, if you ask me can a machine achieve human-like behavior to a much larger degree in 10–20 years I would say unanimously yes, and this could have been guesswork easy to make. Seeing the rapid development in the field of artificial intelligence alongside engineering as well as a variety of other areas this does not seem impossible. The question is how far we can go, and whether we should consider both climate crisis and the scenario of advanced technological warfare with mistakes.

Want to talk about this?

This meaning digital DNA that integrates with computer brain neurons, artificial intelligence, and brand personality. In regards to the last thought of brand personality, the plot thickens.

Brand personality is a set of human characteristics that are attributed to a brand name. A brand personality is something to which the consumer can relate; an effective brand increases its brand equity by having a consistent set of traits that a specific consumer segment enjoys.

Can we create chatbots that adapt to certain people, yes – we can, but how will this look like in the future? I believe a more important question is how does this look like now. An example is the Norwegian company boost.ai. On their front page it reads:

“Customers can never wait. Boost your customer experience with an artificially intelligent virtual agent that makes everything fast and easy.”

As such we could argue the future is here, the future is now, or whichever clichéd line you would like about technological development. “Using conversational AI to transform the online customer experience is a fairly new process with a lot of noise, features, and promises. It can be hard for companies to find the right fit for their needs. Gartner’s latest market guide identifies the key vendors in the Virtual Customer Assistant space to help make that decision easier.”

Then if this is the case and we approach the word personalization: the action of designing or producing something to meet someone’s individual requirements. If this means ‘bespoke’ artificial intelligence it is important that it does not drastically increase the energy needed (which may very well be the case). Sustainable bespoke artificial intelligence does not sound very sustainable at all. Then again if it better addresses the needs of different individuals and is more effective, then it would be a more challenging discussion.

Google federated learning combined with advancements in SSL could make it easier and respect privacy to a larger degree, yet completely personal for everyone seems too much of a challenge. Then again if you know what a majority of a population in a given area likes you could make the machine feel less perfect (spelling mistakes, quirks, etc.) and more local — if that would be the case then perhaps you can achieve it.


This is day 77 of #500daysofAI writing every day about artificial intelligence.

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Alex Moltzau

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Co-founder of Young Sustainable Impact and AI Social Research. Student at the University of Oslo majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Computer Science.

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