Organic Computing

Organic Computing

Organic computers are based on living, biological “wetware”. This video reports on organic computing research in areas including DNA storage and massively parallel DNA processing, as well as the potential development of biochips and entire biocomputers.

If you are interested in this topic you may enjoy my book “Digital Genesis: The Future of Computing, Robots and AI”. You can download a free pdf sampler, here: http://www.explainingcomputers.com/genesis.html

Or purchase “Digital Genesis” on Amazon.com here: http://amzn.to/2yVKStK

Or purchase “Digital Genesis” on Amazon.co.uk here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1976098068/ref=nosim?tag=explainin-21

Links to specific research cited in the video are as follows:

Professor William Ditto’s “Leech-ulator”:
http://www.zdnet.com/article/us-scientists-build-brainy-leech-computer/

Development of transcriptor at Stanford:
https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2013/03/biological-transistor-enables-computing-within-living-cells-study-says.html

Harvard Medical School DNA storage:
https://hms.harvard.edu/news/writing-book-dna-8-16-12

Yaniv Erlich and Dina Zielinski DNA storage:
http://pages.jh.edu/pfleming/bioinform/files/erlich_science_2017.pdf

Manchester University DNA parallel processing:
http://rsif.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/14/128/20160990

All biocomputer and other CG animations included in this video were produced by and are copyright © Christopher Barnatt 2017.

If you enjoy this video, you may like my previous report on quantum computing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYESkqXVWa0

More videos on computing-related topics can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/explainingcomputers

You may also like my ExplainingTheFuture channel at: http://www.youtube.com/explainingthefuture

50 Comments

  1. bill ding on October 8, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    artifical blood??



  2. Sholom Cohen on October 8, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    If you used my dna to build a computer it would take 2 hours to turn on in the morning



  3. Ultralagger R.E.V on October 8, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Computer brains can be cleaned and disinfected but human brains always have vulnerabilities but WAY too many like headaches, brain freeze, virus infestations, etc.



  4. Vali Alphito on October 8, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    can you eat organic computer? lol



  5. Max Planck on October 8, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Farmers of the future will grow computers.



  6. Copy3ms on October 8, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    11:19 scary thought.



  7. B a a n d r o i d W a v e on October 8, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    A whole life worrying about my body and now i need to worry about my PC?????



  8. Michael Shortell on October 8, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    I know it’s 2019, but I heard of this thing called the D-Wave computer. How’s that fit in?



  9. TatTvamAsi on October 8, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Anyone who found this video insightful might also want to check out Michio Kaku’s book – "The Future of The Mind". I’m also going to check out your book as well. Thanks for the info. 🙂



  10. SWC Products on October 8, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    grow the chips on the people that want to use the computers. animals go through enough already because of us.



  11. Field and Stream on October 8, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Cybernetics is old…



  12. oceania68 on October 8, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    The Zerg species in StarCraft.. <— Organic Computing… lol.



  13. Fernando Cue on October 8, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    eXistenZ!



  14. Katie Guerrero on October 8, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Very creepy using animals or humans to advance computers



  15. Olaf Leimann on October 8, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Your phrase about the best computer still being our brain, reminds me that the name Computer for the current devices is derived from the name for the people doing the computations manually, slowly (a computing farm of people) before the electronic computers were developed far enough.
    We may be good at organizing, recognition of physical environment and combining knowledge, but absolutely bad/slow at pure mathematics calculations and keeping/accessing our storage, all due to the brain being basically a massive neural net that adjusts constantly to new inputs.



  16. Manfred Smith on October 8, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Oh what a cute bio pc! "He is a rescue…" 😁



  17. Anonymous Channel on October 8, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    my computer is in love with your computer



  18. kraft matik on October 8, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Soo, what species would we classify them under? Synthocomputare??



  19. Tony G on October 8, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Zergs are real!



  20. LThould on October 8, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Fascinating video! Your YouTube channel is a treasure chest of information. I had no knowledge on this topic, time to read those papers you mentioned…



  21. Clive Mattinson on October 8, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    I admire Chris enormously, and love his videos, but I have to say, this all sounds a bit far-fetched! Not in my lifetime? (I’m 57)



  22. Carlos eduardo on October 8, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    meu ponto de vista e o seguinte, acho uma ideia ruim essa tentativa de se criar uma inteligência artificial
    imagina o seguinte em um determinado momento essa mente desperta para o entendimento .
    o quanto isso seria doloroso para um cérebro aprisionado em uma maquina ,para ser mais claro imagina um ser humano paraplégico em uma cadeira de rodas ele percebe tudo ao seu redor mas nao pode interagir com nada



  23. Gengonglike Arbukle on October 8, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    So does this mean future sex dolls will be programmable clones of porn stars, or gasp, shit, people will get kidnapped and turned into living sex dolls, seriously that is a scary idea and might actually happen, especially if there are people willing to pay for that. Also once turned into a sex doll there is no recovery, you are gone forever.



  24. Ary de Oliveira on October 8, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    maionesi



  25. D Monty on October 8, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Every living human has an organic computer; called the brain; made by the creator: God; who made all things that exist.



  26. Backyard Retards on October 8, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Excellent channel but horrendous intro song



  27. Permaculturethinking on October 8, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Bio organic robots =Human being



  28. Stefan Gies on October 8, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Demonstration of End-to-End Automation of DNA Data Storage:
    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-41228-8



  29. Wallee Naym on October 8, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    But can it run crysis?



  30. valern on October 8, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    too smort :/



  31. StupidityKiller - on October 8, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Imagine the weave of controversy that this kind of stuff would bring when it goes popular



  32. nelson 128 on October 8, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    https://youtu.be/F__TroRudww make a video about the old pc history like eniac and other old pc work😁



  33. elliot ness on October 8, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    From the look of the thumbnail I thought this would be about a new "Bio-gel" like CPU heat sink…guess I will continue with my search for one 😛



  34. plasma lasgun on October 8, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    How terribly unwise to devise a bio-cpu out of an animal that feasts on human blood



  35. Ed SR on October 8, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Voyager bio-neural gel packs, anyone?



  36. steven stallings on October 8, 2019 at 3:20 pm

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  37. VenomStryker on October 8, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    I need the job of sitting on my ass and being a medium to grow chips……lol.



  38. B a a n d r o i d W a v e on October 8, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Cool, now im gona put a 2080 to my friends head to fix his eyes



  39. CaffeineCrave on October 8, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Haha yes, fellow human. I am also watching this on my organic computer just like a normal person.



  40. The_Matrix on October 8, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    What do I overclock it with?



  41. Pedro A. on October 8, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Vegans are going to freak out.



  42. Dart Gar on October 8, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    If someone turns into Dr. Evil and decide to use a clone that can be programmed that way , then your organic android would not not so impossible at all. I can see a super soldier programmed to kill.



  43. Recai Iskender on October 8, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Congrats. Super video. Please follow up on this computer innovations. Absolutely and desperately needed to save our world.



  44. Jerry Gundecker on October 8, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    I saw your brain! You’re from outside the solar system, aren’t you? That’s why you know so much about computers.



  45. Mark Arnott on October 8, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    organic cpu 👨‍💻 learns then starts wanting caffeine 😜 gets lazy teaches another cpu to do all work + 💲10% commision on earnings 😜



  46. Trio Scopic on October 8, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Great sources, I appreciate it!



  47. Nofio James on October 8, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    W0W



  48. mcdoublemaster2 on October 8, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    So, you’ll actually need to vaccinate your computer so it doesn’t get a virus?



  49. Ken Wiltshire on October 8, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Fantastic video. Actually, there was a Sci-Fi series on for several seasons called "Babylon 5" and there existed a very powerful ancient race called "The Shadows". They used a wet ware that could totally subvert the will of a human being. Thereby allowing this race to use human brain as the central processors for their ships. (BTW their ships were the most gruesome looking vehicles I have ever seen on a Sci-Fi movie to date). here is a video I found on youtube of a collection of short clips from the series involving Shadow Vessels. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYq-XJ5XfkI



  50. 1974UTuber on October 8, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Not looking forward to biological computers at all.
    I dont need a computer that forgets where my cr keys are as often as I do.
    Or based on the Leech PC do I just attach it to the back of my head and let it start feeding on my blood to remember where they are.
    Either way im not keen.