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What is a Nanocomputer?

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A nanocomputer is a type of computer that is commonly employed in the field of nanotechnology. Essentially, a nanocomputer is a microscopic computer device. While the concept of the nanocomputer has been around for several decades, the perception of the technology continues to evolve as it becomes possible to store and utilize data and functions on systems that are increasingly compact in design.

In years past, the concept of a nanocomputer was thought of in terms of being a small computer that would accomplish all the tasks associated with the large electronic brains of the 1940’s and 1950’s. Over time, as technology made it possible for smaller mainframes to surpass the capabilities of those earlier electronic brains, the idea of the nanocomputer as a device that was not only small but possibly even microscopic in nature began to emerge. Today, the general idea of a nanocomputer would involve the insertion of the small device within the body to help support natural organ functions, treat illnesses, and in general perform specific tasks that the body is no longer able to manage without some sort of assistance.

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The potential for a microscopic computer appears to be endless. Along with use in the treatment of many physical and emotional ailments, the nanocomputer is sometimes envisioned to allow for the ultimate in a portable device that can be used to access the Internet, prepare documents, research various topics, and handle mundane tasks such as email. In short, all the functions that are currently achieved with desktop computers, laptops, and hand held devices would be possible with a nanocomputer that is inserted into the body and directly interacts with the brain.

At the present time, a nanocomputer that is workable for general use in home or business applications is still more fiction than fact. However, technology continues to find ways to store increasing amounts of data on a single computer chip. As the mechanical aspects of computer technology continue to result in smaller outward devices, the concept of a nanocomputer that makes use of a biochemical interface becomes more feasible. There are proponents of the nanocomputer concept that believe these microscopic implants will be available for the general population at some point over the next couple of decades.

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