MIT Scientists Are Using A BIOLOGICAL VIRUS To Make Computers Faster

by | Dec 10, 2018 | Headline News | 16 comments

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    Scientists working for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are using a biological virus to help computers work much faster. When your computer stores data, it has to pause while the information moves from one piece of hardware to another, but apparently, this virus will stop that delay.

    Using a virus called the M13 bacteriophage to manufacture a specific component may unlock phase-change memory systems, a type of digital storage that would speed up any computer using it, according to research published last month in the journal ACS Applied Nano Materials.

    The problem these viruses solve comes from the way memory is transferred within a computer. Moving data from high-speed but transient RAM to permanent storage on a hard drive can sometimes take a computer several milliseconds.

    Replacing that two-part memory system with a single, catch-all type of storage called phase-change memory would reduce that delay to about ten nanoseconds.

    But the existing manufacturing process for phase-change memory reaches temperatures high enough to destroy gallium antimonide, one of the base materials necessary for phase-change memory systems.

    Using a virus to pull the pieces of gallium antimonide together into usable wires, however, kept the temperature much lower, according to the research. -Science Alert

    Apparently, if this research will find its way into computers that we all use, those lost milliseconds will no longer be a concern. The introduction to the research paper states: “The ever-increasing demand for faster and more efficient computers has driven the widespread search for next-generation optoelectronic, photonic, or electronic memory devices that can rapidly process and store information. This search has been not just about exploring new methods to construct smaller or stackable systems but also about discovering novel materials or structures to integrate more devices (or perform multiple computations) on a single chip.”

    M13 Bacteriophage is a helical virus that specifically attacks bacteria destroying it.


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      1. As a software and electronics engineer I’ve never met a machine some snowflake liberal programmer could not slow down.

        • Where are the quantum computers they’ve been bragging about developing for years? Yes, the ones with superluminal connections. {faster than light}

          • In our Eculidian space, to, date the speed of light is the limit. Nothing can go faster. We are ignorant people. There is something out there beyond what we know. We haven’t figured it out yet.
            The technique they describe to make memory is a fabrication technique. Wow! The problem they/we always have is turning the math into a product that works.

            • I think it will be some time before they figure out that little trick to. If there was a computer like this, it would answer your question before you asked the question.

              • If there was a computer like this, it would answer your question before you asked the question.

                And that, is terrifying.
                We do not need AI.

          • It should be exciting when quantum computing meets crypto currencies …the thievery will be incredible at least for a while..

            • ht tps://

            • They’ll be able to steal it from you before you even knew you wanted to buy it.

              • Menzo, I’ve got hot lead waiting for anyone who wants to take something from me.

      2. I always wondered why the word “virus” was used to describe a mechanical destructive computer problem.

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      3. I’ll sit this one out. I’m Sgt Shultz literally, “…I know nothing”. This is WAY over me.

        “Phages replicate within the bacterium following the injection of their genome into its cytoplasm.”

        M13 reminded me of Morgellon’s, because it would apparently hijack gut flora to create long filaments.
        “M13 is a virus that infects the bacterium Escherichia coli. It is composed of a circular single-stranded DNA molecule encased in a thin flexible tube…”
        “For a wild type M13 particle, it takes approximately 2700 copies of p8 to make the coat about 900 nm long.”
        (Long shape is shown in illustration.)

      5. the break-through they are looking for is using viruses… that is correct. But the combining of the RAM and storage drive is the key. Basing a computer design on physiological systems… i.e. living systems (brain and nervous) is the star they’re shooting for. I predict if we don’t blow ourselves up that biological computers are the future. The major problem is AI and/or self-awareness being created prior to a bio-computer system. Worse would be the same created in what would amount to a new life-form. After all, the slowest factor in the entire computing world is the operator and today’s need to interface to a human.

      6. Liberalism is a virus.

      7. Never has “What could go wrong?” been the most dire thing to say concerning this…but never mind, unbridled psychopathy and greed makes it sure that this will go on unimpeded.

      8. Rock Band Video Game vs Guitar Hero . who wins? Take lessons every single day to progress at
        a useful pace. Makes your car smell like burger grease for full week though.
        No matter how you appear at it, it’s merely a good game.

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