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Fluid Processor Design for Ecological Computing – a new techno-ecological computing paradigm for sustainability

Fluid Processor Design for Ecological Computing – a new techno-ecological computing paradigm for sustainability

Stahl Stenslie / Denmark
Aalborg University 
Paper
stenslie@gmail.com

This paper proposes ways of designing processor like devices operating with nothing else than natural flow of water to execute basic physical computing. Such types of fluid processors carry the potential to form the fundament of future fluid computing devices allowing for complex forms of ecological computing integrated directly into our environment. The proposed design works on natural principles of physics, uses no electricity at all, lasts almost forever and can literally be thrown around. That might sound like a radical, game- as well as life changing form of computing. And it will be. If we up-engineer the many and proven designs of old mechanical, analogue and physical ways of doing computing. So, what is the solution? Future and emerging computers will be carved out of and into stone. Their ornamental design will be more than environmental aesthetics, it will enable physical principles known from fluid and liquid dynamics to interface and interact with our world in multiple and –for now- speculative ways.