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P2P virtual cells
P2P computing emulating the behaviour of individual cell's biochemistry
Linked to a supercomputer as a server for cell interaction. Distributed to public for peer computing. A cell to one computer.
Generally cells are complex with mitochondria etc. and the model I am proposing is an exploration almost to the molecular level.
||Yes, interesting idea, but why health:
||This may yeild more interesting results
in computer:AI - or something.
||The super-computer is going to have to
be something, to deal with millions
(billions?) of cells simultaneously.
||If you set the architecture up correctly,
you may be able to do without the
super-computer. You just need to code
the 'real-world' type stuff into the way
that cells communicate with one
another. For example, hormones, which
are produced by the cells in certain
glands, alter the behaviour of various
cells, they are carried through the body
via the bloodstream, the bloodstream is
a network of specialised cells making
up the various veins/arteries etc - If the
cells that created the hormone
transmitted to their 'neighbors' the fact
that it was present nearby, they could
act accordingly - The bloodstream cells
could transmit to their neighbours the
presense of a hormone, those cells
react and transmit etc. All this *could*
potentially be done purely P2P,
however, it would be a mean feat,
though less mean than trying to get a
supercomputer to do all the hard work.
||The most amazing thing is that each cell 'knows' it's exact place in the organisation, and it's survival depends on the co-ordinated function of all the cells.
To me, considering the number of cells, it's quite simply mind boggling in complexity and subtlety.