We humans tend to think that we are very smart, but our technology is just pathetic compared to what mother nature can give. Take, for example, the storage of information: We admire the ability to accommodate terabytes of data in a device the size of a book and a pound of weight. But the best natural repository of information, DNA is infinitely more effective than one gram of genetic material can store 455 million terabytes of thousands of years.
Similarly with the processing power: the fastest supercomputers is still decades behind the capacity of the human brain … and perhaps for centuries in terms of power consumption. More and more scientists recognize that it is better not to try to compete with such overwhelming power, and to join forces with her. And to do it with the help of bio-computer processors from living cells.
Recently, researchers from Stanford University have announced that they have managed to build a biological transistor, named transkriptorom which can then give rise to a new type of computer. Scientists from the University of the West of England, Bristol, have discovered that the fungus fungus found on rotten stumps, the memristor has properties that also allows it to perform logic functions of cells.
But the most remarkable thing that, unlike electronics, these cells are able to reproduce itself: they themselves do, cheaply and tirelessly. It will take a little time — and you will be the owner or gribofona gubkoplansheta capable of storing many terabytes of information.