Check Out Bacterial Computers - Pretty Cool, Huh?

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In summary, bacterial computers are a type of biological computer that use living bacterial cells to perform calculations and store data. They work by utilizing the natural processes of bacteria and can be programmed by manipulating the bacteria's genetic code. Some advantages of bacterial computers include their small size, energy efficiency, and potential for specific task programming. However, they have limitations such as slower processing speed and specific environmental requirements. Potential applications of bacterial computers include healthcare, environmental monitoring, and biotechnology.
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thanks for the link. This provides further evidence that cells are in fact computers.
 
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I wouldn' t go so far as to say cells are computers. They are physical systmes which cannot be adequately modelling as state machines like CPUs can (when simplified)
 
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so-crates said:
I wouldn' t go so far as to say cells are computers. They are physical systmes which cannot be adequately modelling as state machines like CPUs can (when simplified)
They are computers in the sense that they copute something. :-p
 

Related to Check Out Bacterial Computers - Pretty Cool, Huh?

1. What are bacterial computers?

Bacterial computers are computers that use living bacterial cells to perform calculations and store data. They are a type of biological computer that uses biological components rather than traditional electronic components.

2. How do bacterial computers work?

Bacterial computers use the natural processes of bacteria, such as gene expression and protein production, to perform calculations and store information. They can be programmed by manipulating the genetic code of the bacteria, which then allows them to process input and produce an output.

3. What are the advantages of using bacterial computers?

Bacterial computers have the potential to be smaller, more energy-efficient, and more environmentally friendly than traditional electronic computers. They can also be programmed to perform specific tasks, making them useful for applications such as environmental monitoring or medical diagnostics.

4. Are there any limitations to bacterial computers?

One limitation of bacterial computers is their relatively slow processing speed compared to traditional computers. They also require specific environmental conditions and nutrients to function, which can be challenging to maintain in certain settings.

5. What are some potential applications of bacterial computers?

Bacterial computers have the potential to be used in a variety of fields, including healthcare, environmental monitoring, and biotechnology. They could be used to detect and diagnose diseases, monitor water quality, or even control the production of biological compounds such as medicines.

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