Living Computer Created With Slime Mold?

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

The future of computing might just come from… slime molds! Turns out these uber smart, super weird molds can do things that even our most advanced computers can’t handle. Anthony explains why they’re so cool, and what this might mean for next-gen tech.

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Slime Mould Could Make Memristors for Biocomputers

“A garish yellow slime that grows on rotten leaves and logs could one day form the brains behind living computers.”

ARE SLIME MOULDS LIVING MEMRISTORS?

“In laboratory experiments we demonstrate that protoplasmic tubes of acellular slime
mould Physarum polycephalum show current versus voltage profiles consistent with memristive systems.”

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“Early computers could perform fairly complex calculations just by arranging a few analog circuits.”

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27 comments

TELEVISIBLE January 28, 2018 - 7:46 AM

what can go wrong !

Batmanmg March 27, 2018 - 6:02 PM

When the new engineered beings rise like gods above us and enslave us, I guess I'll still be a human rights activist then?

Ben Luchkiw May 12, 2018 - 8:51 PM

The memrister exists and is how memory cards work, they are called mosfets, and resistors change current, nothing else, it is called a transistor

wcdeich4 May 13, 2018 - 7:13 AM

The first generation of Mem-resister computers will suck!!!!!!! People reboot PCs to get rid memory leaks. How do you clean out the memory leaks w/ mem-resisters????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JustBlu May 22, 2018 - 4:49 PM

Ooh boy he mixed up resistors and transistors didnt he…

eoneon Why do I have to add my last name July 24, 2018 - 9:41 PM

So we will use a giant cell that eats leaves, in computers?…

eoneon Why do I have to add my last name July 24, 2018 - 9:42 PM

So we will use a giant cell that eats leaves, in computers?…

poorbayan paul August 21, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Wetware

Choose Life September 26, 2018 - 1:16 AM

I say the end of the Bible is looking more and more accurate everyday

Łucid November 10, 2018 - 4:37 AM

Transistors cmon guys.

Mauritz February 19, 2019 - 8:36 PM

Did anyone proofread this 3.8 million subscribers science channels post?

dragoola69x March 29, 2019 - 12:14 AM

Either way would be kind of neat but as fascinating as either one would be we know as much about the human body or the human brain as we know about the deepest oceans on Earth or even the darkest parts of the universe so maybe like 2 3% so to even start to do such a project is damn near impossible and we would literally be making a 1% or 2% Improvement on our body so that 100% of a Overlord or the 100% of wet wear ain't going to happen until fifty generations of humans living die sorry to be a bit of a ball buster

doublestarsystem May 12, 2019 - 3:24 AM

This guy is right:
Remember: there is only 03 Properties of materials regarding electricity flow :
1-Resistance
2-Capacitance
3-Inductance
Information elements(bits) are actually controlled only by Resistors …( At the current stage of our technology)
They are special kind of resistors called TRANsfer reSISTORs (Aka TRANSISTORS) made out of Silicon crystal which can have a range of resistance values from almost zero ohm( Current passing =State 1) to practically infinity (Current blocked= State 0)
No other property can do this (Neither Capacitance Nor Inductance)
>>This is a binary system (0 or 1)
>>In quantum computing there is an additional state ( 0 and 1 at the same time = Supperposition state)
>>In biological computing there is 4 states represented by 4 proteins A, C, G, and T which is far more complicated to encode and decode

Apple May 19, 2019 - 4:04 AM

I’m scared

Marcelo Alves July 1, 2019 - 10:53 AM

The problem is that we always think AIs are going to get rogue and kill us all, then we try to control them, then they get mad at us and kill us all. By trying to control AIs we actually make them do what we were trying to prevent them from doing. It's a bootstrap paradox.

Werli September 8, 2019 - 3:03 PM

the fact that he said resistors doesnt bother me, it's the complete ignorance to the fact that he fucked up and keeps talking as if he didn't lose all credibility after saying it lmaooo

Frogz October 20, 2019 - 9:57 AM

…i stopped watching as soon as he called them resistors

Primodernious October 27, 2019 - 1:28 AM

i guess you would create the same reaction every time someone struck you with electricty as well every time.

Crurned March 6, 2020 - 9:12 PM

It's alive! It's alive!

Dan Kilgore August 25, 2020 - 4:32 PM

Wetware is the future. Its our future!

Edzhjus February 6, 2021 - 8:29 PM

In the future..hope it comes sooner rather than later. 😉 Human bodies already are wetware. 🙄

That Guy March 16, 2021 - 3:13 PM

Name an electrical component that switches between on and off.

What is a banana?

Yufeng yan March 19, 2021 - 9:50 AM

wtf

Yufeng yan March 19, 2021 - 9:50 AM

lol

Jenna Tamayo June 9, 2021 - 7:50 PM

you have the body and life in the mold and have the brain, personality and memory and knowledge in the A.I. So what you get is something alive like a human

Nervgear22 August 15, 2021 - 12:19 PM

Slime Mold moves 1 cm about 1 hour or so .. talk about fast ey

Dougie Fuoco October 9, 2021 - 4:27 AM

so we find an organism we consider "intelligent" and decide to put electricity through it? we notice it braces for the electricity so it must not like it and we figure why not make a computer out of it's pain? lmao there's no moral implications to that at all lol