Despite recent advances in computer technology, electronic computers are still limited to solving one problem at a time. Think about a computer which is small in size but works faster than any other typical desktop computer. Now you have a book size biocomputer available for you. These are protein-powered computers which can perform multiple tasks parallelly unlike other computers.
Developed by a team of international scientists from Canada, The U.K., Germany, The Netherlands, and Sweden, the new model biocomputer is energy-efficient, performs multiple calculations simultaneously and is roughly the size of a book. At the core of the model is a 1.5 square centimetre microchip, which uses myosin, molecular motors that carry out mechanical tasks in living cells, to move protein filaments along artificial paths. The idea for the protein-powered biocomputer began with a conversation between Nicolau and his son, Dan Nicolau Jr., a mathematician and first author of the study.
Lund University notes that these super computers are helpful with cryptography and “mathematical optimization” because with each task it’s necessary to test multiple solution sets.
‘A biocomputer requires less than one per cent of the energy an electronic transistor needs to carry out one calculation step.’
Certainly these computers have raw power which any human mind cannot imagine. Unlike a traditional computer, biocomputers don’t work in sequence; they operate in parallel – leading to much faster problem solving. They require less than one percent of the power a traditional transistor does to do one calculation step.