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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute in California and the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology have developed a "biological computer" made entirely from biomolecules that is capable of deciphering images encrypted on.
"Our biological computing device is based on the 75-year-old design by the English mathematician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist Alan Turing," Keinan said. "He was highly influential in the development of computer science, providing a formalization of the concepts of algorithm and computation, and he played a significant role in the creation of the modern computer. Turing showed convincingly that using this model you can do all the calculations in the world. The input of the Turing machine is a long tape containing a series of symbols and letters, which is reminiscent of a DNA string. A reading head runs from one letter to another, and on each station it does four actions: 1) reading the letter; 2) replacing that letter with another letter; 3) changing its internal state; and 4) moving to next position. A table of instructions, known as the transitional rules, or software, dictates these actions. Our device is based on the model of a finite state automaton, which is a simplified version of the Turing machine. "
Originally posted by Quadrivium
As for past government projects, my brother who is also a tight lipped ex-marien says it's hard to comprehend some of the things they have in the works, but we will find out about them in about 20 years or so.
Originally posted by AnIntellectualRedneck
I read this and start thinking about Terminator and wondering when SkyNet is going to blow us all to kingdom come. But it's late here and probably just my overactive imagination.
Originally posted by DangerDeath
All matter is conditioned to react. Each atom is conditioned to react in a certain way. When various atoms meet, depending on circumstances, they will in many cases interact. What we call "nature" is nothing but a field ready to be manipulated. The only real problem, of course, is the "purpose".
Originally posted by subfab
reply to post by JohnnyAnonymous
i can't say i understand the long term significance of this technology. but it does lead me to wonder.....
what happens if this technology is mixed with the dna of a virus or the plague?
could the virus or mold or bacteria think and develop its own defense against us?
or am i over thinking this technology?