Neurons mimicking silicon; silicon mimicking neurons

There’s a strange technological yin-yang to these two stories. First, scientists at Tel-Aviv University have discovered that artificial cultures of live neurons can be used to store data in the form of coordinated firing patterns in a similar manner to silicon chips. Second, an international team of boffins have started the Sensopac Project, a program intended to develop an ‘artificial cerebellum’, a device that will be installed in robots to enable them to move more like living creatures. Can anyone else spot a convergence of ideas happening here?