Research Paves the Way for Honey-Based Neuromorphic Computing

Researchers at Washington State University have built a proof-of-concept device that includes one of the crucial circuits for neuromorphic computing – the memristor – built out of an unlikely medium: honey. The researchers hope their research paves the way for biodegradable, sustainable, organic-based computing systems that are orders of magnitude more efficient than conventional computing architectures.

To build the device, the researchers processed true, bee-sourced honey into a solid form held between two metal electrodes, much like how your brain’s synapses lay between pairs of neuron. The device was then tested for its ability to quickly switch on and off at speeds ranging between their biological counterparts’ 100 and 500 nanoseconds – and it succeeded.

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