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    STUDIA INFORMATICA - Issue no. 1 / 2009  

  Abstract:  Physics imposes some limits to the computations that we can perform. Because of these limits we cannot solve problems in almost no time and with almost zero energy consumption. The main problem is that we are asking too much from a single device: we want computers that play chess, solve equations, navigate on the internet etc. Because of this great generality we are paying some big prices (in time and energy consumption). Some problems can be efficiently solved by using other concepts. Some materials have intrinsic properties which makes them very suitable for solving some kind of problems. In this paper we provide a short survey to the field of Unconventional Computing. We review and compare the most popular problems and methods belonging to this field.

Key words and phrases. unconventional computing, natural computing, survey.

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