Researchers at Duke University believe a new kind of computer, dubbed an “oracle”, is on the verge of development.

“We call this kind of computer an oracle because, like the oracles of ancient times, the computer is ready to answer your question as soon as you ask,” explained Chris Dwyer, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science at Duke.

Dwyer said oracle processors would consist almost entirely of vast numbers of question-and-answer pairs as new fabrication techniques enable DNA molecules to be used to assemble “vast numbers of electronic circuits simultaneously”, the researchers believe. They see development of oracle processors occurring “over the next decades”.

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