Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Nov 2011 18:39 UTC, submitted by fran
OSNews, Generic OSes Remember yesterday when I said Solaris 11 goes way over my head? Well, today we're talking about where operating systems and biology intersect. Scientists at the University of Nottingham are trying to develop the in vivo biological cell-equivalent of a computer operating system. The project's name is AUdACiOuS.
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One effect of this
by Dasher42 on Mon 14th Nov 2011 01:38 UTC
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This project is going to demonstrate to people a very important aspect of preserving the diversity of species in the world, but not the only one. The gecko's feet have challenged physicists, the bumblebee's flight has sparked learning in aerodynamics, dolphins taught us sonar, the glass sponge taught us that finer glass spheres could be made at room temperature than any of our heat, beat, and treat technologies can.

Life is the ultimate technology. It's the transcript of every active physical force that has impacted this world. We narrow our electronics designs down to two voltages for the sake of engineering simplicity, but life uses *everything*. It's tremendously rich. You never know what species is going to turn out to have a brilliant trick up its sleeve, whether it looks commonplace or exotic.

And while we credit technology for our heightened ability to concentrate energy and resources, sometimes in ways that we pay hard prices for later, our lives depend on the lives of the other species here.

"Every animal knows more than you do", say the Inuit.

I'm betting that in the trying of this project, that's going to be proven even more true.

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RE: One effect of this
by zima on Fri 18th Nov 2011 23:47 in reply to "One effect of this"
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2005-07-06

Hm, you seem to express some faith in humanity, in the opening sentence of your post. I suspect & I'm afraid you will be - yet again - disappointed :p

People will probably just continue to conspicuously consume as much as they think they can get away with, enabled even more by tech advancements (how many even realize about this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Human_welfare_and_ecological_foot... insanity?).
Ultimately, I suspect we might eventually "borgify" this planet, more or less (or: it would be really "funny" if it ends up like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medea_Hypothesis - how apt that this news is about toying with bacteria ;p ...the true dominating lifeform on Earth)

Edited 2011-11-18 23:55 UTC

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