I'm going to throw this into the ether and see what comes: I'm interested in trying to build a biocomputer (i.e. a computer using living organisms as part of the mechanics). To start with, I'd just like to try something simple: moisture sensors using soil, or a direction planning device using fungi - something like that.
Does anyone have any experience building a project like this that might be able to point me in the right direction?
I hear slime molds are rather handy for this sort of thing:
@TruculentSheep funnily enough, Adamatzky's work is where I discovered biocomputing. But I'm hoping there might be something out there in the direction of a DIY guide on building computers from organisms (at least at a basic level). So far, I haven't found anything.
Maybe I'll have to figure it out and make one.
You may well have found a gap in the market. But these might help:
@TruculentSheep outstanding, thank you very much for taking the time and sending these on!
That second paper is particularly fascinating, complete with circuit diagrams that I can't quite understand yet.
I found a company that was using jellyfish DNA for computing but they seem to have wound up since the most recent news bits (2018). I'll keep digging.
Watch this space, I might be typing Masto toots onto a lichen soon.
My thanks for your suggestions: I am now in possession of my first slime mould, via a short series of conversations with some of those people who work with organisms as computers.
Now I have to figure out what I want to do with it. Updates (successes or failures) will follow!
That's excellent news - I may as well share this with you too, then:
@TruculentSheep wow, well that's just phenomenal. Web as cognitive associative extension of a spider's body...
I'm already arguing that soil is cognitive extension of the social human. This gives a lot of food for thought.
This is outstanding. Thank you again - I owe you a good link and promise when the right one comes you'll get it.
@michal oh this is amazing. Thank you for the suggestion.
Somehow I never saw a notification this reply - sorry for the slow response.
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