Scientists Create Molecular Computer

HOUGHTON, Mich., April 27 (UPI) — A team of U.S. and Japanese researchers says it has created the first brain-like organic molecular layer that can solve complex problems.

The researchers from Michigan Technological University and Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communication Technology said their achievement marks the first time an “evolutionary circuit” has been created.

The scientists said the world’s fastest supercomputer can only process bits one at a time in each of its channels. But they said the newly created organic molecular layer allows instantaneous processing of approximately 300 bits.

They said the processor not only can produce solutions to problems for which algorithms on computers are unknown, such as predictions of natural calamities and outbreaks of disease, but the molecular processor is capable of healing itself if there is a defect by using the self-organizing ability of the molecular monolayer.

The work that included Associate Professor Ranjit Pati of Michigan Technological University and Anirban Bandyopadhyay, the study’s lead author, at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan, appears in the journal Nature Physics.

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