PACE has created the foundation for a new generation of embedded IT using programmable chemical systems that approach artificial cells in their properties of self-repair, self-assembly, self-reproduction and evolvability.
Future projects will build on the technology and experience developed in PACE to build the first artificial chemical cells and apply them to revolutionize complex construction in and outside IT. PACE has established a new hybrid IT technology for programming complex chemical systems. PACE has explored the IT potential of future synthetic chemical cells: addressing both the novel embedded IT required to produce and program them and their technical opportunities, both within IT and to other fields. In contrast with biological approaches to minimize existing cells, applications of these artificial chemical cells will exploit their chemical distinctiveness from biological cells, in particular their ability to function without proteins and below the complexity barrier posed by biological translation machinery.
Aconsortiumof some13 partners and 2 cooperating groupsfrom 8 European countries, including Switzerland and Lithuania, and several leading USA organizations are pioneering this new approach under theIST-FETsection of the EU 6th Framework Program (FP6).
The coordinator isJohn McCaskillat theRuhr University Bochum, Germany. Managers of the PACE Consortium areNorman PackardandJohn McCaskill. The project liased closely with theLos Alamos PA Projectled by Steen Rasmussen. The PACE project initiated and founded a newEuropean Centre for Living Techologyin Venice that has now achieved independent funding.