Researchers at Caltech have been working on a microchip that can repair itself when it’s damaged. This isn’t to suggest that if the microchip is stepped on or physically damaged it will repair itself through a form of cellular regeneration. Rather, when the chip is damaged it uses a second processor to discover new ways on solving the task at hand. The chip can also be used to find other ways on saving energy. Manufacturing chips to “self-heal” it could help microchips last longer. It may only be a few years down the road where this technology can be used on larger machines or on larger scales. What if a computer in a car were to implement the same type of technology and learn how to find new ways to save energy. Of course, there are far more mechanical errors to take into consideration that could cause an automobile to stop working.
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