Blobotics

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Blobotics is a term describing research into chemical based computer processors based on ions rather than electrons. Andrew Adamatzky, a computer scientist at the University of the West of England in Bristol used the term in an article in New Scientist March 28, 2005 [1].

The aim is to create 'liquid logic gates' which would be 'infinitely reconfigurable and self-healing'. The process relies on the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction, a repeating cycle of three separate sets of reactions. Such a processor could form the basis of a robot which, using artificial sensors, interact with its surroundings in a way which mimics living creatures.

The coining of the term was featured by ABC radio in Australia [2].

References[edit]

  • Motoike I., Adamatzky A. "Three-valued logic gates in reaction-diffusion excitable media." Chaos, Solitons & Fractals 24 (2005) 107-114
  • Adamatzky, A. "Collision-based computing in Belousov–Zhabotinsky medium." Chaos, Solitons & Fractals 21:(5), (2004), p1259-1264 doi:10.1016/j.chaos.2003.12.068