National Geographic is reporting that a team of scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science have created the first DNA and Enzyme computer, capable of 330 trillion operations per second. That's over 100,000 times faster than the faster PC.
Why should this matter to you and me? Well, it means the eventual end of functional digital encryption and a qualitative shift in our surveillance capabilities.
Granted, we have a long way to go before our programming capabilities are able to make use of such astronomical computing power, and there are other computing bottlenecks that will have to be addressed. But just consider what is possible now - then multiply it 100,000 times.
'Tis a brave new world indeed.
Addendum 1: By the way, I'm sure there are folks who have thought longer and harder about this than me - any commentary would be greatly appreciated.Addendum 2: Turns out, this happened nearly three years ago. I need to get out more.