RESEARCH ON ELECTROCHEMICAL ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS.
SPACE-GENERAL CORP EL MONTE CALIF
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Results of experimental and theoretical research are given which pertain to the possibility of achieving un precedented packing densities and complexities in adaptive machines through the development of integrated electrochemical systems. Two basic physical phenomena are involved primarily and are being joined together 1 signal propagation by electrochemical waves which intrinsically duplicate all known electrical properties of a nerve impulse, and 2 plastic connectivity and, hence, memory through metallic dendrite growth formed by electrodeposition. The major key or, perhaps, stumbling block to ultrahigh density and complexity is programming or structuring access, and it is in this respect that electrochemical systems may have a distinct advantage over contemporary electronic component technology. This unique possibility comes from an intrinsic material property of the active material, namely, precipitous but temporary drop in surface resistance following excitation which, it is believed, will make possible trial-and-error adaptive programming with the aid only of properly coordinated massive or peripheral shocks. Author