The chips that computers of the future will use could be made from honey. This is confirmed by research carried out by the Washington State University (WSU), which analyzes the future of these components and the natural product.
The researchers who were part of this study assure that this type of technology could pave the way towards sustainable, biodegradable, faster and more efficient computing, as much as to imitate the functioning of the human brain. This type of computation, which is developed to simulate the connections of our brain, is called neuromorphic.
To carry out this innovative test, the researchers created a circuit and processed the honey into a solid form, inserting it between two metal electrodes. This resulting structure simulates what we could call a synapse, which is the part of the brain that connects neurons and allows them to communicate with each other.
The study authors checked the switching speeds of the circuit and found that they were comparable to human synapses. They were also able to mimic functions known as spiking time-dependent plasticity and spiking rate-dependent plasticity, which help learn and retain new information.
Scientists say this would be much faster than any processor created by humans today. “Honey does not spoil. It has a very low moisture concentration, so bacteria cannot survive in it. This means that these computer chips would be very stable and reliable for a long time,” says Feng Zhao, the lead author of this research.