The conception of the first biological super computer is well on its way to completion. The concept revolves around the creation of energy from living cells to power the computer. The computer is powered by ATP proteins, the main energy source in cells. In the presence of the Protein molecules, the computer generates enough electricity to run all its functions in a new power efficient method. T
he best part about this is that the system is self-reliant and does not need any plugins or stimulation. The energy source comes from only the essential parts of the cell and therefore not the whole cell is required. The ATP ions are secluded and combined forming a network similar to a city with different sized components. The system is efficient as only a specific amount of electricity is released to a part at a time. This results in less power wastage.
“We’ve managed to create a very complex network in a tiny area, this started as a back of an envelope idea, after too much rum I think, with drawings of what looked like small worms exploring mazes,” said Dan Nicolau, Sr. from McGill University. “Now that this model exists as a way of successfully dealing with a single problem, there are going to be many others who will follow up and try to push it further, using different biological agents.”
The program is looking to combine the biological computer with the tradition hardware set up, creating a hybrid. They argue that this would offer advantages from both the computers that neither individually would bring.