Coding is a fundamental activity for software developers and programmers all over the world. There are literally hundreds of programming languages. This makes coding an exciting activity. The type of program that’s created largely depends on the programmer’s imagination. Moreover, there’s always something new in the world of programming.

Here are the latest updates in the coding world.

1. A DNA-based computer system is now here

After much research and development at the California Institute of Technology, a molecular computer system is now with us. Research scientists have created DNA molecules which are fully self-assembling. They are also re-programmable. Led by Professor Erik Winfree, the team of researchers has created DNA strands that can perform small processing tasks by executing 6-bit algorithms.

Their computer system uses DNA molecules to accept six-bit binary numbers as input, during processing and output. The computer system has 700 DNA strands. Selecting specific strands out of this collection allows computer scientists to reprogram the molecular system so as to execute different tasks. This new system provides hope that we can create biochemical computer systems in the near future.

2. Verbally challenged people can now speak clearly through computers

A group of neuroengineering specialists has developed a system that transforms thought into recognizable, clear speech. This system combines Artificial Intelligence (AI) and speech synthesis to create a direct channel of communication between the brain and computers. In a breakthrough at Columbia University, neuroengineers have created computer software which can monitor brain activity and relay it through audible words. This new software has undergone the testing services that are required before human trials. In the comprehensive testing process, it has been assessed for its capacity, security, and engagement with humans, sd well as the ease of customization. Not only does the new software provide a direct path of communication between our brains and computers. It also gives a ray of hope for those suffering from conditions such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), stroke, and other challenges.

3. Light is now effectively used for computer processing

The fundamental activity in processing is known as the logic operation. Traditionally, it has been accomplished using wired circuits and electricity. After groundbreaking research at the University of Tokyo, computer scientists have used a combination of chemicals, electric fields and ultraviolet light to perform these logic operations. This chemical-based system uses self-assembling molecules as well. The molecules either allow light to pass successfully or block it. In this way, they execute the 1 or 0 binary values. According to a lecturer and researcher Yoshimitsu Itoh, it is akin to creating programs using the fundamental rules of chemistry. In the long term, this technology can be used to create high-performance computer chips that consume minute amounts of power.

There is immense potential in the developments which are possible in the field of computer science. They are led by researchers, computer scientists, and enthusiasts. Biochemical processing, light-based computation, and chemical circuits are all now a reality. We look forward to many more groundbreaking innovations in the near future. As a matter of fact, computers could be just as powerful as our minds over time!
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