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Can living computers do better than silicon ones?

A recently published collaborative paper in Nature Communications argues that living matter offers entirely new opportunities for digital and analogue computation.

Co-Author and SynthSys PI Diego Oyarzun says ' We call this 'cellular supremacy', akin to the concept of quantum supremacy recently popularised by the latest research at Google. Living cells provide a different computing substrate than silicon, which paves the way for exploring unconventional models of computation beyond combinatorial circuits and towards non-Turing models. In the paper we discuss domains in which biocomputing  may offer superior performance over traditional computers.'

This is a result of a cross-institutional collaboration between computer scientists, physicist and computational biologists. 

Paper: Pathways to cellular supremacy in biocomputing

Photo: Dr Diego Oyarzun, University of Edinburgh