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The Computer That Never Crashes

Posted February 15, 2013 3:36 PM

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."

Read more here: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21729045.400-the-computer-that-never-crashes.html

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02/16/2013 11:17 AM

Microsoft will find a way to create a program that will crash it.

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02/16/2013 4:37 PM

They already di

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02/18/2013 2:01 AM

Yes it even re-programes itself, when the last Eprom is fried, onto the bus bar to keep the drone flying with that one wing from the combat damage and puts the memory in thin air leaving almost no chance of a real destruction of the thing - the same way that nature never allows a decentral biological being to die.

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02/18/2013 9:15 AM

... NOT!

While the old adage might SOUND good ("There's a first time for EVERYTHING")...

"NEVER" is a long , Long , LONG time. And even as all humans are capable of making mistakes, everything we ever make will be prone to failure (eventually)...

...except, of course, the "(already almost perfected-Perpetual Motion machine".

as for myself, a computer that doesn't crash in-between hardware upgrades is as perfect as it gets!

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