Running Doom on Human E. Coli Bacteria

Lauren Ramlan is a doctoral student in bioengineering at MIT. She is a harbinger of the looming singularity in which humanity and technology become one. Ramlan imagines a future in which you can not only run the 1993 video game Doom on synthetic screens, but also screens composed of Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria.

Ramlan clarifies that, strictly speaking, she is not running Doom—meaning that it is not playable. But she can display the game in full, frame by frame, by arranging for bacteria to act as pixels. If you’re willing to wait about 600 years for the game to display in full, you can view the game on E. coli.

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