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At Last! A computer that never crashes


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:27 AM

OUT of chaos, comes order. A computer that mimics the apparent randomness found in nature can instantly recover from crashes by repairing corrupted data.

Dubbed a "systemic" computer, the self-repairing machine now operating at University College London (UCL) could keep mission-critical systems working. For instance, it could allow drones to reprogram themselves to cope with combat damage, or help create more realistic models of the human brain.

Everyday computers are ill suited to modelling natural processes such as how neurons work or how bees swarm. This is because they plod along sequentially, executing one instruction at a time. "Nature isn't like that," says UCL computer scientist Peter Bentley. "Its processes are distributed, decentralised and probabilistic. And they are fault tolerant, able to heal themselves. A computer should be able to do that."


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:58 AM

sounds like a description of a quantum computer.....

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:04 AM

in that case viral pandemics would soon evolve in the cyber world

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:07 AM

View Postthird_eye, on 19 February 2013 - 08:04 AM, said:

in that case viral pandemics would soon evolve in the cyber world

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what, no 'advent children'?!
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:17 AM

View Postshrooma, on 19 February 2013 - 08:07 AM, said:

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:42 AM

View Postthird_eye, on 19 February 2013 - 08:17 AM, said:


My anime world kinda ended waaaay baack
My personal favorite is still "Akira" good old fashion anime manga sci fi, these days it's all over the top glorified video cut scene clips, except Studio Ghibli of course :D

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:21 AM

I don't know those references but it seems to me that this is the next step on the road to a self aware machine and that has got to have huge ethical and security ramifications.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:47 AM

View Postand then, on 19 February 2013 - 09:21 AM, said:

I don't know those references but it seems to me that this is the next step on the road to a self aware machine and that has got to have huge ethical and security ramifications.

It's just a computer where all the different systems are localised, meaning you could never infect or corrupt the whole thing. It's not as advanced as a computer that 'heals' itself, as the article seems to suggest, and definitely not quantum computing (I read about it on Wired).

Edited by ExpandMyMind, 19 February 2013 - 09:55 AM.


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:46 AM

my computer never crash it's the bes...... " blue screen '

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:59 AM

Getting closer.....



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:29 AM

View PostExpandMyMind, on 19 February 2013 - 09:47 AM, said:



and definitely not quantum computing (I read about it on Wired).
I didn't say it WAS a quantum computer, I said it fitted the descripton of one, ie- one that works in a multi-layered, non linear/binary on off way.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:46 AM

View Postshrooma, on 19 February 2013 - 11:29 AM, said:

I didn't say it WAS a quantum computer, I said it fitted the descripton of one, ie- one that works in a multi-layered, non linear/binary on off way.

All this system is doing is using many different, non centralised systems that operate simultaneously, as opposed to the current system of one centralised system of queued operations. It still works in a linear fashion, but just has many systems doing so, sharing the workload, as opposed to the one.

I, however, do agree that it is not 'linear' in the normal sense due to these systems, but I wouldn't go as far as to describe it as being like quantum computing. To me, it seems more comparable to multi-core processors. But, hey, you may know far more about that subject than me, so I digress.

You're right though, you didn't say it was quantum computing, so I apologise.

Edited by ExpandMyMind, 19 February 2013 - 11:49 AM.


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:57 AM

Being as we have no idea where consciousness originates, or even sentience for that matter, it looks to me if we are going to build a super-replacement for ourselves, it is going to have to be by accident.


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:28 PM

View PostExpandMyMind, on 19 February 2013 - 11:46 AM, said:


You're right though, you didn't say it was quantum computing, so I apologise.
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no need to worry about it just yet old love-my army of borg drones are on a regeneration cycle at the moment.....
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i'm suprised it wasn't invented in scotland to be honest, seeing as the scots seem to have invented just about everything else!

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:32 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 19 February 2013 - 11:57 AM, said:

it looks to me if we are going to build a super-replacement for ourselves, it is going to have to be by accident.
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unless they build themselves.....

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