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With eDNA, computers can heal itself like Terminator robots

A group of Technical University scientists is working on developing a computer ‘eDNA’ that can heal itself, the idea inspired from the popular sci-fi thriller Terminator.

With eDNA computers can heal itself like Terminator robotsWith eDNA computers can heal itself like Terminator robots

A group of researchers from
the Technical University of Denmark is working on something that can be useful to mankind in many ways .They're trying to make a computer that can heal itself.the idea inspired from the popular sci-fi thriller 'Terminator' "Until now, this has been the stuff of pure science fiction , and what made the robots in the Terminator films so robust and fantastical on the big screen. Now it's no longer science fiction," said the team.

It's called 'eDNA' and it's inspired by biology. The theory being followed by researchers is that a computer should be made up of lots of cells, or 'eCells' , and should be able to decide how to assign different jobs to each one. Then, if one cell fails, another one can take over its job. "In this way, an organism develops from the computer's cells, and it is this that makes the computer — almost — immortal ," said Jan Madsen.

The system can't actually physically repair dead cells, just reassign their jobs to new ones. But, in theory, if it had enough spares it could tolerate quite a bit of damage before it died. Anyone who's still creeped out by the idea should take comfort in the fact that eDNA's first test will be to find life, not destroy it. Nasa has asked a member of the research team to implement the theory in a piece of equipment designed to look for extraterrestrial life. Michael Reibel Boesen, who is currently working at the space agency's Jet Propulsion Lab in California said, "It's a boyhood dream come true. My mission is to convince Nasa that eDNA can make a satellite and the information it gathers and transmits back to Earth faster and more reliable."
Tags: edna, computers to heal itself, sci-fi thriller, terminator, bilology, ecells, repair dea

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