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Apparently we're posting at cross-purposes.
To dispel the assumptions on my part, are you:
1) Just posting about biocomputational vector processors because they're interesting and the mystery of why no one seems to be working on it was a literary device to increase the interest
2) You're actually wondering if much of the entire field has gone dark (what I picked up from your op)
3) You're wondering about the fate of that specific instance in the OP
Having been a not insignificant part of a design team that built and fielded one of the fastest vector processors in the world at that time, the general topic is of interest. And I have at least a few insights into where things go and how they end up. This one is a bit afield from my usual stomping grounds but that doesn't mean I can't find out, in time.
This research was funded by: The European Union Seventh Framework Programme; Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); NanoLund; The Miller Foundation; The Swedish Research Council; The Carl Trygger Foundation; the German Research Foundation; and by Linnaeus University.
Biological supercomputer model could change how we solve complex problems
Protein-powered chip makes biocomputer extremely energy efficient
Researchers at McGill University have helped to develop a model of a biological supercomputer that can solve complex mathematical problems using very little energy.
……the new model biocomputer — developed by a team of international scientists from Canada, the U.K., Germany, The Netherlands and Sweden — is energy-efficient, performs multiple calculations simultaneously and is roughly the size of a book.
"A biocomputer requires less than one per cent of the energy an electronic transistor needs to carry out one calculation step," study co-ordinator Heiner Linke, director of nanoscience at Lund University in Sweden, said in a press release.
….At the core of the model is a 1.5 square-centimetre microchip, which uses myosin, molecular motors that carry out mechanical tasks in living cells, to move protein filaments along artificial paths.
….This is not the first research to apply parallel computing to complex problem-solving. DNA computing and quantum computing, for example, take a similar approach.
"However, these approaches have not proven, so far, to be scalable and practical from a fabrication and operational perspective," the researchers note.
originally posted by: soficrow
originally posted by: Maxatoria
Perhaps we should go to first principles and ask what the hell this thing is expected to do.
Maybe. ...Do you have a DARPA contact?
Generally DARPA floats the specs and reasons for desirability around the community. ...I'd normally ignore biologicals anyway, unless it was especially creepy and/or fun looking. When I get this monster up and running all the way I'll poke around in the RFQ pile and see if they fielded it around.
originally posted by: Bedlam
originally posted by: soficrow
The immediate key goals clearly have to do with enabling, connecting, expanding, and processing sensory perception.
The target goal is likely to be design of an interfacer. They've wanted that for a long while.
originally posted by: Bedlam
The obvious goal is weapons control. Faster linkage to the plane you're flying. If you can manage in time to do realistic sensory feeds, then your mind might be convinced that you ARE the plane, its senses your senses, the controls your body. It would be kickass. And eventually you might be able to do that by remote, the lag might be a bit offputting. But it might work.
A non-obvious goal - enhanced interrogation. Why bother with torture when you can pipe it in to the noggin? Or maybe you can just jack in and remember it out of their heads, no torture needed, just some prep time.
Devious end goals - transfer of consciousness to another body, or a mechanism. Or the 'Vacuum Flowers' punchline - you hypercube n number of people together to form a superhuman collective mind. That didn't end well, though.
2004. Anticipating Military Nanotechnology
....Vehicles used for surveillance, reconnaissance, and target location could be miniaturized much further. NT and microsystems technology would permit vehicles and mobile robots of decimeter down to millimeter size, some using biomimetic forms of propulsion. One variant would be to use small animals (rats, insects) controlled by implanted electrodes. Although the munitions payload of small robots would be limited, they could attack at sensitive spots, or act in swarms to achieve a mass effect. Small satellites and launchers may significantly reduce space launch costs; swarms of them could act as large effective radar, communication, or electronic intelligence antennae. Small satellites could also be effective in attacking larger satellites – by direct hit or by manipulation after docking.
….the Samsung SGR-A1 sentry gun installed on the South Korean border. The SGR-A1 is capable of asking humans for a password and shooting them with either lethal or non-lethal rounds if it doesn’t hear the correct answer.
....responsibility has been transferred from human to machine.
Remote-controlled flying cyborg beetles could replace drones
A group of engineers and scientists has come up with a way to remotely control insects, which they believe could provide an "improved alternative to remote-controlled drones".
...Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, are becoming increasingly prolific. Their current and proposed uses include everything from photography and filming, to delivery and emergency services, as well as for military, transport and construction purposes.
..."This technology could prove to be an improved alternative to remote-controlled drones as it could go into areas which are not accessible before," he told the Telegraph.
...Experiments were carried out with Mecynorrhina torquata, or giant flower beetles, which measure and average six centimetres in length and eight grams in weight.
This particular species was chosen for its ability to lift relatively heavy loads, and all the beetles involved in the project went on to live for their usual lifespan of between five and six months.