SyFy looks at the science behind Tron Legacy’s isomorphic algorithms.
So much of our world feels entirely artificial, made up of constructs that don’t exist in nature, but that isn’t entirely so. In reality, much of our technology takes its inspiration from nature.
Famously, George de Mestral got to work inventing Velcro after noticing the way burrs from burdock plants would get caught on his pants. Natural selection figured out the basics of lightbulbs, sonar, suction cups, and powered flight long before we humans ever got around to tackling them. Biology presents an array of effective blueprints for achieving physical feats, it only stands to reason its processes might be useful in computing, too.
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