Center for Bits and Atoms

MITs Center for Bits and Atoms investigates how the content of information relates to its physical representation.

The following is an excerpt from the “about” page:

One of CBA’s grand challenge goals is quite literally to create “it from bit,” seeking to realize von Neumann’s vision of a universal assembler. Analogous to the earlier results in communications and computation, if logic can be introduced into the process of physical assembly then perfect macroscopic structures could be built out of imperfect microscopic parts.

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And just as personal computers made the capabilities of mainframes accessible to ordinary people, CBA researchers are now doing the same with industrial machine tools, developing means for “personal fabrication” that will bring the programmability of the digital world to the rest of the world.

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Ultimately, these activities are leading towards a design practice for “Avogadroscale” engineering that can bring rigor to the creation of enormously complex systems without requiring an explicit specification of their internal configuration.

The FabLab is a project under the Center for Bits and Atoms that deals with digital micro-fabrication techniques and has an ultimate goal of developing a programmable molecular assembler.

Prof. Neil Gershenfeld is currently Director of the Center for Bits and Atoms.

Fab: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop–from Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication (Paperback) by Neil Gershenfeld (Author)

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