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How Your Busted Electronics May One Day Heal Themselves

Brink

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When electronic components bite the dust, there's very little you can do. Unlike a leaky pipe or broken piece of plastic, it's not like you can tear off a piece of duct tape and fix a cracked or failed microchip. Best case scenario is you replace it, but if it's an integrated part or a discontinued chip, you might have to replace the whole device. Bummer. But what if a chip could heal itself?
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Maximum PC | How Your Busted Electronics May One Day Heal Themselves
 

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JimJoe

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Two problems.

1) micro-circuits grow metal crystals inside chips. When they connect two links inside the chip that are supposed to be separate, short circuit. I don't see how they would repair itself.

2) if a robot has plans in itself so it can repair itself... the plans would need to be modifiable so the robot could tracks the repairs. But if the repair plans are modified, how does the robot know it wasn't a cosmic ray, etc. that damaged the plans, not a repair made note of ?
 

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Yard Dog

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I read this. what a hoot , huh ?
 

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a) Might be a Problem if the Chip itsself gets fried because of a short circuit, that kind of extensive damage would be hard to repair. But if its just a matter of seperating to connections, well that could be done.

b) is no problem if the robot does not alter the original plans but instead creates kind of an annotated copy. The internal diagonstics system would then be able to compare its readings with that copy and then compare that copy with the original plans. Problem solved.

But the way that is described in that article doesn't have anything to do with a robot and plans, its just simple physics, kind of a "non-intelligent repair". It doesn't regognize that its broken and then fixes it, the process of breaking ultimately starts the process of fixing.
 

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