‘Computer, heal thyself’ comes closer to reality

October 15th, 2010 - 4:06 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Oct 15 (ANI): A group of Technical University scientists is working on developing a computer that can heal itself, the idea inspired from the popular scifi thriller ‘Terminator’.

“Until now, this has been the stuff of pure science fiction, and what made the robots in the Terminator films so robust and fantastical on the big screen. Now it’s no longer science fiction,” News.com.au quoted the team saying in a press release.

It’s called ‘eDNA’ and it’s inspired by biology.

The theory being followed by researchers is that a computer should be made up of lots of cells, or ‘eCells’, and should be able to decide how to assign different jobs to each one.

Then, if one cell fails, another one can take over its job.

“In this way, an organism develops from the computer’s cells, and it is this that makes the computer - almost - immortal,” said Professor Jan Madsen.

NASA has asked a member of the research team to implement the theory in a piece of equipment designed to look for extraterrestrial life.

Michael Reibel Boesen , who is currently working is currently working at the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Lab in California said, “It’s a boyhood dream come true. My mission is to convince NASA that eDNA can make a satellite and the information it gathers and transmits back to Earth faster and more reliable.” (ANI)

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