Computer-scientist Dennish Shasha, perhaps best known for his work on the 'Puzzling Adventures' column in Scientific American, here teams up with journalist Cathy Lazere to explore the outer reaches of current computer science theory. After dozens of interviews, they realized that while researchers are working in a variety of disciplines in science, engineering, and even finance, they all share a common vision: the future of computing is a synthesis with nature. The stories that result defy belief. Instead of designing a high precision machine that handles every possibility, space engineers propose to design machines that will adapt to handle new possibilities. Other researchers are exploring wetware processing built on DNA or bacterial cells that promises nearly free and massively parallel computation. Another designer's 'extended analog computer, ' a piece of foam attached to 25 wires, has turned computing completely on its head: instead of calculating an answer using ones and zeros and arithmetic as in a digital computer, his measures an answer. In lively, readable prose, Shasha and Lazere take readers on a tour of this bizarre and fascinating world.Wea#39;ll soon see how computing gets involved. ... His father began his career as a radio repairman working for the legendary audio inventor Avery Fisher, at a time when Fisher had ... From his start as a juvenile gambler, Skiena built a suca cessful betting system for jai alai using a computer simulation that takes advantage ofanbsp;...
|Title||:||Natural Computing: DNA, Quantum Bits, and the Future of Smart Machines|
|Author||:||Dennis E. Shasha, Cathy Lazere|
|Publisher||:||W. W. Norton & Company - 2010-05-17|