If you want to change the world, it might not occur to you to start by getting drunk. At least that\u2019s how it happened for an idea that led to a tiny biological computer which will reportedly be morphed into a \u201cliving, breathing supercomputer\u201d about the size of a book.\u201cWe\u2019ve managed to create a very complex network in a very small area,\u201d said McGill University\u2019s Dan Nicolau, Chair of the Department of Bioengineering. \u201cThis started as a back of an envelope idea, after too much rum I think, with drawings of what looked like small worms exploring mazes.\u201dA tiny living, breathing computer may have once been science fiction, but now it\u2019s simply science. Scientists created a model for a biological computer and McGill said it can \u201cprocess information very quickly and accurately using parallel networks in the same way that massive electronic supercomputers do.\u201dReading the full text and watching the videos from \u201cParallel computation with molecular-motor-propelled agents in nanofabricated networks,\u201d published by an international team of researchers on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, sort of made my head hurt. I\u2019m fairly certain that getting drunk and attempting it again will not make it any clearer. While I\u2019m not going to pretend I fully understand it, I will quote a dumbed-down explanation from McGill University. It seems like if something has the potential to change the computing world forever, we should at least look into it.McGill University reported:The circuit the researchers have created looks a bit like a road map of a busy and very organized city as seen from a plane. Just as in a city, cars and trucks of different sizes, powered by motors of different kinds, navigate through channels that have been created for them, consuming the fuel they need to keep moving.But in the case of the biocomputer, the city is a chip measuring about 1.5 cm square in which channels have been etched. Instead of the electrons that are propelled by an electrical charge and move around within a traditional microchip, short strings of proteins (which the researchers call biological agents) travel around the circuit in a controlled way, their movements powered by ATP, the chemical that is, in some ways, the juice of life for everything from plants to politicians.Sometimes it helps to see things at scale, so if the centimeter to pixel converter and my graphics program were accurate, then below is the approximate size of the biocomputer\u2019s chip.Forget about needing massive space for supercomputers and any potential cooling needs since it runs on adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the stuff that \u201cprovides energy to all the cells in our body,\u201d according to McGill\u2019s press release. In other words, it \u201chardly heats up at all\u201d and needs little energy which makes it sustainable.Although it very efficiently tackled a complex classical mathematical problem such as a supercomputer could, the researchers admitted it\u2019s not yet a full-scale functional computer. Now that there\u2019s a model, they expect other researchers to try other biological agents.\u201cIt\u2019s hard to say how soon it will be before we see a full scale bio super-computer,\u201d added Nicolau. \u201cOne option for dealing with larger and more complex problems may be to combine our device with a conventional computer to form a hybrid device. Right now we\u2019re working on a variety of ways to push the research further.\u201dDownload skill knowledge directly into brainHere\u2019s another sci-fi like idea that is becoming a reality. The day is coming when you don\u2019t need knowledge in advance to learn a new skill. Scientists designed a simulator to feed data into a brain. It\u2019s unknown how long before you can pull a page out of Matrix and download info directly into your brain. Hopefully that data isn\u2019t tainted with malware, huh? Who knows, there might eventually be antivirus-like solutions for that\u2026let\u2019s hope they aren\u2019t packed with bloatware like so many for computers are today.