It started with ‘Abacus’, the first computer, and was followed by Transistors, Vacuum Tube Technology, Integrated Chips, and Very Large Scale Integrated Circuits to the latest Multi-core Processors. A mention of all these technical jargons implies that the topic of discussion is ‘Computers’. A steep increase in Computer Literacy throughout the world and the continuous research, development and innovation has uplifted the quality of human life. Gone are the days when one used to rent laptop and computer or used to visit cyber cafes to access online information because of the advent of hi-tech and sophisticated electronic gadgets.
Information Technology has found its application in almost each and every arena of human life and has become an essential part of day-to-day life. Researchers and computer scientists have been working on various areas of development and a phenomenon called ‘Artificial Intelligence’ is on the verge of its pragmatic existence. “Wetware Computer” is one such ambitious project that has been pursued by a Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology named ‘Mr. Bill Ditto’. ‘Wetware Computer’ would literally mean an artificial brain that works exactly as an advanced machine (computer) or in other words it is an organic computer.
Computer scientists have successfully made use of living neurons in order to develop a neurocomputer that is capable of handling simple tasks such as arithmetic calculations. The term ‘neuro-computing’ is still a hypothetical concept, but in the near future, it may be a pleasant reality. ‘Wetware Computing’ is basically a Biologically Inspired Computing concept that makes use of natural components to improve the efficiency of computers and explore new areas for its prospective application. ‘Wetware Computers’ can play an instrumental role in the study of human genome, pathological research, and other vital areas of medical science. It won’t be exaggeration if one would say that in future, human beings will act as virtual computers.
‘Wetware Computers’ can lay a strong foundation for the research on ‘nano-robotics’ or ‘nano-computing’, which is a miracle yet to happen. The term ‘nano’ is used for objects that are of very small size of the order of molecules and other spectroscopic entities. Imagine, very small computers called ‘nanobots’ flowing in your bloodstream just as the RBCs, WBCs and platlets, interacting with the neurons (through electrical signals) to perform a series of tasks that are beneficial in development of the brain and overall physique. It sounds like the story of a Hollywood Science Fiction movie but possibly it may be a reality in the future. In such a scenario, one wouldn’t have to carry any electronic gadget because his or her body itself would be capable of performing complex computational tasks. Wetware computers, neurocomputers, and nanobots are certainly the “Future Gadgets”.