The British Unconventional Computing Laboratory (UCL) has successfully built a prototype PC made of mushrooms. This fungal computer mainly uses mycelium to replace the conductor and electronic components of the computer, which can receive and send electrical signals and retain memory.
Different from the binary system used by traditional computers, this mushroom computer uses an "Internet" communication to keep in touch with the environment and surrounding creatures. By deciphering the language used by fungi to send signals through this biological network,Scientists can not only deeply understand the state of underground ecosystems, but also use them to improve our own information system.
It is reported that although the current performance of this mushroom computer can not run large-scale games or handle office documents, it has the characteristics of fault tolerance, reconfiguration and very low energy consumption.
Researchers said that the potential of this technology lies in solving bottlenecks in the fields of artificial intelligence and quantum computing in the future, bringing more efficient and environmentally friendly solutions.
At the same time, through the in-depth understanding and utilization of underground ecosystem, this technology can also help protect the environment and improve the quality of human life.
At present, the mushroom computer is still in the prototype stage, but this research has aroused widespread concern in the scientific and technological circles. Researchers will continue to work hard to further improve the performance and application scope of this mushroom computer and bring more surprises to the future.