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OmegaFury Jul 24, 09
Hahah sweet. I wonder what this will evolve into...
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Jesus Jul 24, 09
That's awesome. Could be the beginning of something big.
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jdj1976 Jul 24, 09
so if the computer is based on bacteria would it still get regular viruses or might i be able to infect it whit a real cold??
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kspiess Jul 24, 09
Technically it is possible that you could infect these bacteria with a virus, but it would have to be a very particular kind of virus, one that is not likely to be in your body ( as far as I know.) Additionally, keep in mind you'd first have to fight and/or blind the scientists guarding the computer, with chemicals within arm's reach -- 'cuz scientists hate it when you mess with their stuff.
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THM Jul 24, 09
Geez, sounds scary for me!!!!!

I'd prefer quantum computers for future anyhow!!!!!!!!!!

Most importantly, what if that kinds of computers have HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) or AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)?

Are you willing to use if they (computers) have that kinds of stuffs?
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kspiess Jul 24, 09
Hehe, well you are far more likely to contract a virus on the door handle of the lab then you are from the actual bacteria computer. It's not like you'll be dipping your finger into the containment chamber, to see if the forumlae taste alright
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MrGrimm Jul 24, 09
Seems a bit unpredictable, huh? Bacteria have the ability to evolve, while traditional computers parts cant. Sounds fun! Who knows, maybe they can invent a computer that progressively adapts to make itself better and better?
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OmegaFury Jul 25, 09
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Is that really a good thing though?
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MaTtRoSiTy Jul 25, 09
Think that bio computing is the way of the future. The limitations of the transistor method is becoming apparent now - hell, I can see us ending up with cpu's with 64 cores if the current trends keep going as they are! Clock speeds seem to have pretty much reached their peak though I hope we see consumer level liquid nitrogen cooling solutions soon which will allow clock speeds to reach at least 6ghz!
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OmegaFury Jul 25, 09
Perhaps, but I'm sure that it will bring its own set of problems as stated in some of the comments, although I am quite curious how bio computing will change the field for better and for worse- but I wonder if it will be better than quantum computing, or even if they can be utilized as one. I'm not sure if I'm overstepping the lines here seeing as how I'm not an expert in either.
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kspiess Jul 27, 09
Bacteria based computers are extremely unlikely to ever become popular.

Although they are technically a 'computer', keep in a mind a bacteria based computer is not a general purpose machine. It has to be engineered to perform one task.

Multiple tasks are possible with a bac-comp but this is only in its infancy stage. Bacteria based computers are highly unlikely to ever be usable in any way similar to any computer you have ever used.

The future promise lies probably more with using a bacteria based computer for specific , unusual circumstances, where they are performing repeated tasks, and can subsume energy from a bio-based container. For example, perhaps long down the road, a bacteria based computer may be in used in a solution to help deliver nanobots to specific areas in the human body.

As cool as bacteria computers are, they seem like one of those technologies (to me anyways) that will come in handy in an unexpected way in the future. More of an engineering problem than a science problem. DNA-based computational devices are much more likely to become feasibly useful in multiple manners.
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