Scientists Create A Computer Using Swarms Of Crabs

Scientists Create A Computer Using Swarms Of Crabs

How biomimicry can make computing systems faster and better.

Yi Chen
  • 17 april 2012

A team of scientists at Kobe University in Japan has designed a computer based on the activities of a large group of soldier crabs. The logic gates of the computer exploit the swarming behavior of the crustaceans to compute and accomplish tasks more efficiently.  The concept is a form of biomimicry, where systems and elements in nature help solve and improve human problems.

By unleashing 40 real crabs into a specially created channel, the scientist observed their behavior and designed logic gates that mimicked the pattern of the crabs. The findings can possibly help create an unconventional computing model.

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