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Bach Erschallet, ihr Lieder (Resound, ye songs, ring out, ye strings) BWV 172
Professor Susan Stepney Director, York Cross-Disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis, University of York
Can Bacterium Compute?
From smartphones to desktops, most people think of computers as being based on silicon. But what about slime mould? Bacteria? Can they computer? There are many types of non-conventional computing, and one of the leading figures in this field, Professor Susan Stepney, explores how harnessing this power might lead to exciting new developments in the near future.
This cantata marks Pentecost, and the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, even including a duet between the Holy Spirit and the ‘soul’. It’s therefore an upbeat, celebratory piece with festive instrumentation including three trumpets and timpani.