Using Honey to make Brain Chips! An Absurd Yet True Phenomenon
Oh-So-Sweet! Researchers claim to use honey to make brain chips which can help reduce e-waste.
New research suggests that scientists can use honey to make brain chips like computer chips for processing and storing data. Computers now require far more energy than the human brain, especially when it comes to processing and storing data. Computers need the power to flow to different parts of the computer in order to perform processing, storage, and display. But in the brain, every neuron or nerve cell can process data and store memory. Therefore, computer scientists around the world are working to develop futuristic computers or neuromorphic computer chips that behave like the human nervous system and pass through with less energy.
In this study of using honey to make brain chips, researchers process honey into a solid form and place it between two metal electrodes to create human synapses, which are small gaps between two neurons where information is passed from one to the other. Honey Memorista was able to mimic synapses by testing high switching speeds, the time it takes an electronic device to respond to changes in input. Researchers have created a honey memristor that is about the width of human hair. However, for the memristor to work, it must be built on the nanoscale, about one-thousandth the size of human hair. Billions of them are bundled together to run fully neuromorphic computer chips.
Some companies, including IBM and Intel, have already manufactured neuromorphic computer chips with about 100 million neurons per chip, but still not as many as the human brain. The human brain has over 100 billion neurons and over 1,000 trillion synapses. In addition, many memristors are currently on the market and are made of even non-renewable and toxic materials. Scientists hope that honey will be a biodegradable and reproducible option in this fast-growing field of research and technological development. Honey doesn’t spoil. Bacteria cannot survive in them because they have very low water levels. This means that these computer chips are very stable and reliable for a very long time.
Researchers also noted that because they run on less energy, neuromorphic computer chips won’t get as hot as traditional computers, meaning the honey isn’t likely to melt when heated. But honey can be disposed of safely in another way that reduces electronic waste. When we want to dispose of devices using computer chips made of honey, we can easily dissolve them in water because of these special properties. Honey is very useful for creating renewable and biodegradable neuromorphic computer chips.