For my What's New(s) in Science, I decided to present Immunocomputing, a fairly new innovation on information gathering. So what is immunocomputing? Also known as negative databases, these bits of code seek to immitate the immune system found in any living organism and use it to gather and "learn" information. This system would have two main parts: self and nonself. In the immune system, cells are given the knowledge of what they should be and use that to protect the host. If something is within the body that isn't considered "self", or nonself, the nonself intruder is dealt with accordingly. Practical applications for negative databases are network security and information gathering. I believe this will be a breakthrough someday, once the technology itself has matured and is finally implemented. The articles below summarize immunocomputing, the first in a very simplistic manner. The second is a bit more technical, but explains the details behind negative databases better.
I feel the implications for this technology will expand rapidy as more and more become knowledgable of it. In health, computing, and biocomputing, knew ways of each are becoming apparent. It is the next big step in human science, and will change our futures for the better.
Esponda, Fernando. "Immunocomputing." Seed Magazine. 10 October 2008. http://revminds.seedmagazine.com/revminds/member/fernando_esponda/
Antoniou, Ioannis. "Immunocomputing." Chaos and Innovation. December 2000. 10 October 2008. http://web.auth.gr/chi/PROJECTSIMCOM/Results.html