Electrochemical Computer

Diagram
An informed approach to the creation of an electrochemical
computer
There are three different approaches to the creation of an electrochemical
computer:
1. Biomimetic Digital Computation
2. Biomimetic Analogue Computation
3. Mixed Digital/Analogue Computation 

Seaman and Otto Rössler have published a series of papers related to
Neosentience (a new robotic and computational paradigm extending ideas
from artificial intelligence) and in particular we have discussed the creation
of an electrochemical computer. Recently Seaman began a related research
project with Dr Timothy J. Senior, a Research Scholar at the Department of
Information Science and Information Studies (ISIS) at Duke University. With
his background in neuroscience, we are formalizing ideas for a biologically
inspired electrochemical computer. Like Gordon Pask, we are also interested
in the intermingling of scientific and artistic concerns.

Figure 2: Figure showing one possible arrangement of modules within our initial
electrochemical computer concept. Concept by Bill Seaman and Tim Senior. Image by
Tim Senior. Figure showing one possible arrangement of modules within our initial
electrochemical computer concept. A, Electrochemical oscillator unit; B, Module column;
C, Neurotransmitter (NT) analogue; D, Site of control for NT analogue release; E, Processor –
input integrator; F, Routes for direct external inputs; G, Electrochemical memory element;
H, Electrochemical modulator unit used to drive either excitatory or inhibitory changes
within modules from transduced external sources.

Although still at an early conceptual stage, we envisage that our electrochemical
computer will consist of modular components (akin to individual
neurons), the flexible connectivity of which will permit them to be
organized into different ‘functional’ populations. Our electrochemical computer
will also exhibit a number of biologically inspired features, including:
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