Man creates device that can detect explosives
“Explosives have particles and smells coming off the individual and with our device you can tell, without requiring line of sight or contact, you can scan them at the time at a place of your own choosing and you can get into an aircraft and go about your business.”
The invention could also be used to sniff out illnesses in the same way dogs can detect cancerous cells via smells.
“In the same way that a dog is able to detect if someone has prostrate cancer, the real question we ask is ‘how does a dog do it?’ We can clone that process on our chip, so yes in the same way that a dog can detect diseases or explosives at an airport, it’s a sensory system, that is essentially what we recreate in our chip,” Agabi says.
Koniku, which means ‘immortal’ in the Nigerian Yoruba language, started in 2015 and has already raised $8 million in revenue, according to the founder Agabi.
“We believe quite strongly that it’s going to be run with biological brains that are made with synthetic biological neurons. That is the declared intention of our company: to build a brain.”
Addressing ethical concerns and implications of creating humanoid devices, Agabi says: “I think it’s unethical not to deploy any resources we have to fight terrorism. It is the urgent problem that we face as a species.”
“That’s not to say that we shouldn’t be careful of bio-integrity,” he adds.
A self-described “scrawny, nerdy kid,” Agabi grew up in the suburb of Surulere in Lagos, Nigeria and obtained a Bachelors degree in Physics from University of Lagos.
He went on to do further studies in physics and neuroscience in Sweden and Switzerland.
“One of the things growing up in Lagos imparts in you is grit,” he says. “Lagos is a place that demands grit. Growing up there gave me an unconventional way of always looking at problems.”
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