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Supercomputers made of...bacteria!

Postby Max » Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:56 am

I'll get the ball rolling on this forum, with this fascinating article about how scientists developed programmable bacteria, which can solve complex mathematical problems much faster than traditional computers. No joking!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/ ... a-computer
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Re: Supercomputers made of...bacteria!

Postby Jdrid » Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:00 am

wow. I really don't see how that works though. Would they have to change the bacteria's DNA around for each new problem? And why E. Coli? That's just asking for a scientist to get diseased lol.
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Re: Supercomputers made of...bacteria!

Postby curriegrad2004 » Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:58 am

That's just a disaster waiting to happen. Terminator 3 anyone?
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Re: Supercomputers made of...bacteria!

Postby Max » Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:11 am

I'm thinking more like battlestar galactica :lol:
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Re: Supercomputers made of...bacteria!

Postby danielches » Sun Aug 02, 2009 8:38 am

well yeah, this is definitely interesting...
and yeah, does raise a number of questions about what could go wrong etc....
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Re: Supercomputers made of...bacteria!

Postby Kemipso » Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:46 pm

What could go wrong ? Common its a bacteria, and its built by ourselves -_-
It's not like it's gonna turn into a dangerous viral weapon.
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Re: Supercomputers made of...bacteria!

Postby flaremaster » Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:38 pm

Who knows, maybe it could.

or we could all be slaves and work for the rest of our lives. :twisted:
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Re: Supercomputers made of...bacteria!

Postby Jdrid » Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:26 pm

Meh, I think they should have used AIDS or something crazy, like E Bola even, just to push it. Maybe the more deadly the bacteria are, the smarter they are t solving problems?
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Re: Supercomputers made of...bacteria!

Postby Kemipso » Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:47 pm

I second the "Deadlier = Smarter".
Would be a hella funny, erh... I guess :twisted:
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Re: Supercomputers made of...bacteria!

Postby DaveBusey » Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:30 pm

Let's hope a simple mutation wouldn't make it start outputting calculation results in base 19 notation or withholding its answers until we reward it with its favorite treat or something else amusingly scifi-ish.

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Re: Supercomputers made of...bacteria!

Postby nevermore » Sat Aug 15, 2009 4:25 am

Far out, a bacterial computer. Now a computer can catch a computer virus, OR it can catch a biological virus from someone sneezing on it.
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Re: Supercomputers made of...bacteria!

Postby Nobody » Tue Aug 18, 2009 4:32 am

Anyone thinking of a zombie uprise?
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Re: Supercomputers made of...bacteria!

Postby Max » Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:14 am

Nobody wrote:Anyone thinking of a zombie uprise?


All the time :D

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Re: Supercomputers made of...bacteria!

Postby curriegrad2004 » Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:32 am

Starcraftmazter wrote:Image

Why don't we add in a rocket launcher and a few grenades too? :twisted:
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Re: Supercomputers made of...bacteria!

Postby Max » Wed Aug 19, 2009 8:23 am

Indeed. And a gravity gun :D
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