Unorganized Machines: Emergent Criticality in Complex Turing B-Type Atomic Switch Networks (Adv. Mater. 2/2012)

Authors

  • Adam Z. Stieg,

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    1. California NanoSystems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, 570 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
    2. WPI Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044, Japan
    • California NanoSystems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, 570 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.
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  • Audrius V. Avizienis,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 607 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
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  • Henry O. Sillin,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 607 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
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  • Cristina Martin-Olmos,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 607 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
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  • Masakazu Aono,

    1. WPI Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044, Japan
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  • James K. Gimzewski

    1. California NanoSystems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, 570 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
    2. WPI Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044, Japan
    3. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 607 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
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Abstract

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Alan Turing, famous for developing his algorithmic approach to computation, also explored the possibility of computing in complex, unorganized assemblies of logic gates. On page 286, a hardware-based, neuromorphic electronic device built by Adam Stieg and co-workers exhibits features similar to the electrical activity of biological brains and neuron assemblies using a complex network of self-assembled atomic switches.

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