'Nature-inspired' Biomimicry Software Fights Email Spam
A computer scientist has developed a system that detects email spam similar to the way the human body responds to the attack of a disease-causing virus.
The Artificial Immune Systems (AIS) is described by its developer, University of Nottingham Professor of Computer Science Dr. Uwe Aickelin, as an adaptive system that can be more nuanced in detecting what's dangerous.
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The software developed by Dr. Aickelin is designed in such a way it can determine the traffic caused by spam. While it's true that email accounts are equipped with useful filters and anti-phishing features, these are only generic.
The software developed by Dr. Aickelin, on the other hand, is more advanced and is now being used by some electronic security firms.
AIS could be a potentially transformative shift in "biomimicry," or technologies based specifically on cellular designs.
Biomimicry (derived from the terms bios, which means life, and mimesis, which means to imitate) is a fairly new branch of science that aims to study the best ideas from nature, mimic them, and then come up with technologies that will present solutions to some of today's most common problems.
AIS is one of the best examples of biomimicry as it is based on the body's immune system responses to a disease attack.