Blood Music by Greg Bear:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

A marvelous novel, expanded from the short story of the same name. Vergil Ulam is a frustrated biologist and geneticist working on biological computers - in a word, smart viruses and bacteria. When he is kicked out of his lab for working with recombinant DNA, he decides to take some of his work home. A classic cautionary tale about fooling with Mother Nature. Select an invention:

Biologics - organic computing
A computer that is made of organic (biological) components, rather than inorganic materials like silicon.

Intellectual Cell - cellular computing
A smart lymphocyte; a cell with enhanced capacity for memory, understanding and communication.

Medically Applicable Biochip - a microarray
A computer formed of organic components that is used for a medical purpose.

 

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(6/10/2024)

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re: Philip K Dick
(6/6/2024)

ESA To Build Moon Bases Brick By Printed LEGO Brick
re: John W. Campbell
(6/4/2024)

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re: Anthony Boucher
(6/2/2024)

Textiles That Harvest Energy And Store It
re: Alastair Reynolds
(5/28/2024)

LORIS Passive-Gripper Climbing Robot
re: Ken MacLeod
(5/26/2024)

Neuroplatform Human Brain Organoid Bioprocessor Uses Less Electricity
re: Peter Watts
(5/24/2024)

Drug To Regenerate Teeth In Humans
re: William Gibson
(5/22/2024)

Coin-Sized Nuclear Battery Good For 100 Years
re: Alfred Bester
(5/20/2024)

Live Stream With Meta-Ban Multimodal Smart Glasses
re: David Brin
(5/18/2024)

'Autonomous' Waymo Improves Driving With Remote Human Operators
re: Charles Stross
(5/16/2024)

Will Whales Be Our First Contact?
re: Murray Leinster
(5/14/2024)

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re: Robert Heinlein
(5/12/2024)

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