Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Will Computers Dream?

As the human race advances we have transitioned from one discovery to another. We've advanced from rudimentary tools to the "gears" of industry to computers the size of your living room to the slick technology of personal computers.

But in the not-so-distant future be prepared for another leap. Biocomputers. That's right, computers based not on traditional silicon-based computer technologies but on biologically derived molecules, such as DNA and proteins, to perform computational calculations involving storing, retrieving, and processing data.

Pretty cool, eh?

Evidence of the true potential of the computing capabilities of biocomputers exists in the most powerful, complex computational machine known to currently exist: the biocomputer that is the human brain. And it's only a matter of time that scientists are able replicate this capability into functional, superior computing.

Nanobiotechnology provides scientists with the ability to engineer biomolecular systems specifically so that they interact in a fashion that can ultimately result in the computational functionality of a computer.

Perhaps the question for the future will be: When we put our computers to sleep, will they dream?

4 comments:

  1. Man... as long as they don't sleep walk... ooh that'd be bad!

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  2. Yeah, they say you shouldn't wake them up if they do that!

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  3. OK, I have a question... How can the brain be replicated if many of it's functions (can't remember the percent) are still unknown? Will they only be able to replicate the parts they are aware of or will the replication answer some of the mysteries? Will they be inquiring minds? LOL!

    Barb

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