Machine learning is the new electricity, quantum computing is now a reality, but what if we can go beyond those buzz words with something even more impressive?
Prof. Andrew Adamatzky is a known figure in the field of unconventional computing. He has used slime moulds to solve mazes, optimize roadway systems (as the railway in France or the underground of Tokyo), and among the first to make music and read signals from mushrooms.
Recently Prof. Adamtzky, jointly with Prof. Alessandro Chiolerio of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Torino (Italy), and Dr. Mohammad Mahdi Dehshibi of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) has showed that fungi own certain properties that allow them to perceive several external stimuli, such as light, temperature, certain chemicals in the environment and even electrical signals. And all these can be used to design wearable computing devices totally made of mushrooms.
Given those insights, we can think about novel ways to use fungal material using those sensors and other characteristic features similar to computing networks.