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Transformable 4D Printing

3D printing that produces components that can self assembly, are programmable and transformable is called 4D printing. SEE ALSO: Morphable Robotic Furniture Malleable Morphing Materials Complex Order From Simple Interactions Software That Creates Hardware SW Without HW

Adapting Earth Skills to Space

As we migrate out into space, many of our jobs and their attending skills will need to change. Some skills that have been needed on Earth may dissipate and new ones will need to be cultivated for the space environment. Changes in gravity and atmosphere will be among the driving factors. OUTDOOR VS INDOOR Skills […]

Ethics and the Speed of Tech Improvement

Our technology is improving quickly and the rate of that improvement is steadily increasing. Technology always amplifies human effort. If the effort has been aligned ethically, the amplified end product will be amplified goodness. If the effort is not ethical, the amplified end product will be amplified badness or even evil. It seems like we […]

Synthetically Designed Consciousness

We often create artificial versions of things that mimic, but don’t fully measure up to the real object. Many Artificial Intelligence (AI) programs create the impression that they operate with intelligence, even though they don’t actually make the decisions themselves, because they have embedded expert knowledge. Decision trees are abstracted from real life scenarios by […]

Interacting With Intelligent Software

As our software embeds more human intelligence and more human behavior, we can expect to interact with it in a more human fashion. At one point, in the beginning of computing history, we would write programs on some form of media like punch cards or magnetic tape and then feed the media into computer memory, […]

Software Based Synthetic Knowledge

Software based calculators, spreadsheets, databases, word processors and presentation managers have been augmenting our own ability to process information for years. Over time, they have added math functions, spell checking and animation features to make them more effective. Newer software is developing the ability to process and analyze voice and video streams at ever increasing […]

Robot Pets

Pet ownership can become expensive and requires time and effort. In some circumstances, this overhead is prohibitive, despite the emotional bonding and companionship pets provide. Robotic pets solve many of the problems associated with pet ownership and will increasingly be able to provide companionship as their software matures. Robot Pets of the Future – [youtube.com] […]

Software That Creates Hardware

All of our work at chiseling shapes out of matter originates with an idea of something. Then we find a way to manifest that idea through some technique of manipulating energy and matter. We “see” patterns in the swirl of the world around us and decide to recreate that pattern in a new form. The […]

Synthesizing Intelligence

We are constantly getting better at designing software tools to help us navigate an ever growing ocean of information and negotiate methods of applying it wisely. We ask our tools for advice and decide how to use the advice they offer. We use some of these new tools to aid in the design of better […]

Mind Control Interface

Researchers at the University of Minnesota demonstrate a non-invasive mind control interface. Monitoring of brain waves generated by specific thought patterns can be translated into software control impulses. In this case, they are used to control a flying drone, but the applications are endless. Mind Over Mechanics – [youtube.com] In a jaw-dropping feat of engineering, […]