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message 1: by Charles (last edited May 26, 2015 01:32PM) (new)

Charles Vrooman (greenpower) | 16 comments Silicon microprocessors have been the heart of the computing world for more than 40 years. In that time, manufacturers have crammed more and more electronic devices onto their microprocessors. In accordance with Moore's Law, the number of electronic devices put on a microprocessor has doubled every 18 months. Moore's Law is named after Intel founder Gordon Moore, who predicted in 1965 that microprocessors would double in complexity every two years. Many have predicted that Moore's Law will soon reach its end, because of the physical speed and miniaturization limitations of silicon microprocessors.
DNA computers have the potential to take computing to new levels, picking up where Moore's Law leaves off. There are several advantages to using DNA instead of silicon:
• As long as there are cellular organisms, there will always be a supply of DNA.
• The large supply of DNA makes it a cheap resource.
• Unlike the toxic materials used to make traditional microprocessors, DNA biochips can be made cleanly.
• DNA computers are many times smaller than today's computers.
DNA's key advantage is that it will make computers smaller than any computer that has come before them, while at the same time holding more data. One pound of DNA has the capacity to store more information than all the electronic computers ever built; and the computing power of a teardrop-sized DNA computer, using the DNA logic gates, will be more powerful than the world's most powerful supercomputer. More than 10 trillion DNA molecules can fit into an area no larger than 1 cubic centimeter (0.06 cubic inches). With this small amount of DNA, a computer would be able to hold 10 terabytes of data, and perform 10 trillion calculations at a time. By adding more DNA, more calculations could be performed.
Unlike conventional computers, DNA computers perform calculations parallel to other calculations. Conventional computers operate linearly, taking on tasks one at a time. It is parallel computing that allows DNA to solve complex mathematical problems in hours, whereas it might take electrical computers hundreds of years to complete them.
The first DNA computers are unlikely to feature word processing, e-mailing and solitaire programs. Instead, their powerful computing power will be used by national governments for cracking secret codes, or by airlines wanting to map more efficient routes.
From article on site “How Stuff Work”:
http://computer.howstuffworks.com/dna...
Note: This new technology inspired me to write the techno thriller – “The True Virus”.
The True Virus Thriller Novel by Charles Vrooman


message 2: by Laureen (new)

Laureen (laureenandersonswfcomau) | 478 comments Wow, very interesting. I will send that link to my son who would understand it. I am computer illiterate but if computers could be made much smaller then that would have to save the world a lot of waste junk. Tossing out computers or phones after a year or two has always concerned me.


message 3: by James, Group Founder (new)

James Morcan | 7749 comments Charles wrote: "Silicon microprocessors have been the heart of the computing world for more than 40 years. In that time, manufacturers have crammed more and more electronic devices onto their microprocessors. In a..."

Fascinating post Charles and a field I know nothing about, even though I have heard of Moore's Law and the theory that it cannot continue forever.

A few questions:

Are DNA computers the same as "organic computers"?

I assume the DNA fuelling such computers will be non-human DNA?

Is it possible there are already advanced DNA computers in the classified sections of the world's governments/militaries?

Thanks and I look forward to reading THE TRUE VIRUS in future.

Best,
James


message 4: by Charles (new)

Charles Vrooman (greenpower) | 16 comments Since DNA is considered to be an organic molecule, one could refer to such a computer as organic. Since the DNA used for these computers deal with short DNA molecules used as four digit codes, they are non-human. But, since a virus is nothing more than a DNA molecule surrounded by a protein coat, could the short chains used by this type of computer be combined together to create a virus. This is the hypothesis I used for my thriller novel - "The True Virus". If you read the prologue for my book, you'll see that the DNA computer they set up is one to be used by the CIA to decipher coded messages. But, my novel is fiction and not based on any real facts that governments are using these DNA computers for code breaking.


message 5: by James, Group Founder (new)

James Morcan | 7749 comments Charles wrote: "Since DNA is considered to be an organic molecule, one could refer to such a computer as organic. Since the DNA used for these computers deal with short DNA molecules used as four digit codes, they..."

Okay thanks for the explanation, Charles.


message 6: by Charles (new)

Charles Vrooman (greenpower) | 16 comments The True Virus Thriller Novel by Charles Vrooman
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message 7: by Charles (new)

Charles Vrooman (greenpower) | 16 comments REMINDER: 99¢ Amazon countdown special ends this weekend (8/9/15 at midnight PT) for biotech thriller - “The True Virus”. Hamas bioterrorist hacks into the DNA component of CIA’s computer to create an Ebola virus to use against Israel.
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message 8: by K.P. (new)

K.P. Merriweather (KP_Merriweather) | 43 comments ooh this is perfect for this story im currently working on! i already knew about neurotechnology and cybernetics but never thought of dna microprocessors! *glomps charles*

off to do more research!


message 9: by Charles (new)

Charles Vrooman (greenpower) | 16 comments NEW SALE: For the next 7 days the biotech thriller, “The True Virus”, will be available at a countdown special price of 99¢ for the Kindle version at Amazon. This novel involves a Hamas bioterrorist who uses a DNA base computer to create an Ebola virus to be used as a germ warfare agent against Israel.
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message 10: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Norris | 485 comments Charles wrote: "NEW SALE: For the next 7 days the biotech thriller, “The True Virus”, will be available at a countdown special price of 99¢ for the Kindle version at Amazon. This novel involves a Hamas bioterroris..."

Sounds interesting...I'll check it out :)


message 11: by Charles (last edited Jan 29, 2016 02:36PM) (new)

Charles Vrooman (greenpower) | 16 comments REMINDER: 99¢ Kindle countdown special at Amazon ends this weekend (1/31/16 at midnight PT) for the biotech thriller - “The True Virus"
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message 12: by Charles (new)

Charles Vrooman (greenpower) | 16 comments Novel about DNA Computers on SALE!!!
The True Virus Thriller Novel by Charles Vrooman
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Ebola, computer hacking and the Gaza/Israeli war are all included in this action filled novel.
Synopsis:
This story takes place during the December 2008 to January 2009 Gaza/Israeli war. It starts out with a hacking incident involving the main CIA computer. After this breach in security, John Brookfield a CIA computer specialist travels to Israel to work with Sarah Stein the Co-developer of DNA computer technology to find out if the DNA component of the CIA system has been compromised. John is shocked when the cell phone of a fellow CIA agent in Israel is hit by a bullet and explodes in his hand. Soon after, an epidemic breaks out and the agent dies. With Sarah's help, John discovers that a Hamas bioterrorist is the hacker who programmed the CIA's system to produce the real live virus that caused the epidemic. The story takes a dramatic turn when Hamas uses this same virus, which the World Health Organization has now identified as Ebola, to infect John.
Review comments:
“I couldn't help but think this is the kind of plot you might see on a TV show like 24.”
- George Esler, thriller novel writer
“The plot is well-developed and the story is action-packed. A page turner from start to finish, the suspense and mystery that carries on throughout the book is engaging and has a lot of twist and surprises.”
- Official review from OnlineBookClub
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message 13: by Iain (new)

Iain McKenzie (Iain_mckenzie) | 1553 comments Future Computing: DNA Hard Drives

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBvd7...


message 14: by Charles (new)

Charles Vrooman (greenpower) | 16 comments lain,
I am familiar with this youtube video and have used it in presentations I've given on DNA as a computer storage media. Here's another youtube video I've used that you might find interesting.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNXeV...


message 15: by Iain (last edited Jan 27, 2019 11:15AM) (new)

Iain McKenzie (Iain_mckenzie) | 1553 comments Thanks. Just put that video up as a primer to refresh, if and when needed. Plan to update this section every week(sunday), as I am using it as a repo and to also share material, if OK?


message 16: by Iain (last edited Feb 01, 2019 03:54PM) (new)

Iain McKenzie (Iain_mckenzie) | 1553 comments Goodbye Silicon! Your Next Computer Chip Could Be Made of Gallium Oxide

A new material may be coming for 'Silicon Valley' as researchers are looking towards gallium oxide to produce faster computer chips than ever before.

The dawn of gallium oxide microelectronics
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...
“The material's flexibility for various applications is due to its broad range of possible conductivities -- from highly conductive to very insulating -- and high-breakdown-voltage capabilities due to its electric field strength.”


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaSqk...


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