As if we did not have enough comic fodder and internet oddities coming from Japana, Kobe University bring us a whole new level of weird. They have successfully created a computer based on the movements of the Soldier Crab.
Your head is probably swimming in WTF right now, so let me break it down for you, using this illustration from (http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/27730/)
This whole computational model is founded on two ideas: 1, ordinary computers are hugely energy inefficient and 2, Nature has evolved many much more efficient forms of computation for specific tasks such as pattern recognition.
The scientists placed the crabs in what they termed “a geometrically confined area” or as we laymen call it, a box, and then studied the movements of the crabs in relation to eachother in the presence and the absence of adjacent crabs and then applied that model to a logical blueprint for the way computers parse information when solving trillions of tiny computations in small fractions of time.
How long do you think it will be before this kind of technology will ‘trickle down’ the pipe to consumer PC’s like ours? Comment below and I’ll get right back at you.