A New Breed of Thinking Computer? (news story)

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"A New Breed of Thinking Computer?" Business Week 21 June 1999.

"A team of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a handful of other groups are working to develop hybrid biocomputers that marry living nerve cells with silicon circuits to create smarter computers. If they succeed, they could set the foundation for brain-like computer systems that could find solutions on their own," without detailed programming. Currently, a chaos-theory-based program called by the SF term (or hackers' joke) "wetware" has been used to join two leech neurons to a PC. The project head "says it will be 10 years or more"—i.e., after ca. 2009—"until biocomputers are commercially available."