Nigerian neuroscientist Oshiorenoya Agabi has created a computer chip based on mice neurons that could recognize the smell of explosives.
The Koniku Kore device could be implanted into the brain of future robots, which could be trained to recognize danger via odors, replacing traditional airport security.
Each chips a bizarre mixture of living neurons and silicon. The device have sensors that can detect and recognize smells.
While computers are better than humans at complex mathematical equations, the brain is better at a number of cognitive functions such as smelling.
The researchers behind the device say it could one day be placed in airports to sniff out explosives.
The device was developed by Agabi's Silicon Valley-based start-up Koniku and unveiled at the TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania.