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Eco-Computing: Demonstrating the Computational Power of Ecosystems

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The information processing capacity of natural ecosystems offers clues to how ecosystem dynamics are maintained.

Credit: Jake Tobiyama/Kyoto University

Development of neural networks or AI tools for data analysis is increasing exponentially. However, networks existing in natural ecosystems, such as webs of interspecies relationships, have information processing potential that has largely remained untapped.

Now, a study conducted at Kyoto University has demonstrated the computational power of , providing a new direction for rapidly developing AI technologies. Simulations have confirmed that ecological networks, such as prey-predator interactions, can efficiently process information and be utilized as a computational resource.

"We have named this approach ecological computing," says Kyoto University's lead author Masayuki Ushio.

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