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Newcastle scientists on the search for cellular supremacy

In a similar quest than quantum supremacy, engineered living systems may offer superior performance over classical computers


Living cells, such as bacteria, can be re-programmed to implement novel pre-defined functions, thus providing new substrates for computation. Researchers from six institutions, led by the Newcastle University’s academic Angel Goñi-Moreno, introduced the notion of cellular supremacy in an article published by the journal Nature Communications. They argue that by exploiting the rich capabilities of living systems for information-processing tasks, rationally engineered organisms will be able to solve problems in domains where traditional computers are not functional. This will not only have practical implications buy important theoretical upgrades to computer science as a whole.


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