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FABbots

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DIGITAL FABRICATION ON-SITE

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smg_michele's curator insight, September 23, 2013 8:07 PM

FABBOTS research agenda is based on the following principles:

We will not assemble different materials; instead we will code devices to generate multi-material complex matter formations that have variable physical properties. Programming matter will give us the ability to construct architectural components that are multi-functional and optimized.

We will not fabricate using conventional CNC tools in a lab; instead we will customize our own programmable devices and propose alternative fabrication processes that can be deployed on site.  In this scenario, we shall pay special attention to our environment and explore how these devices may be powered by renewable energies and/or use locally available materials. Our devices, rather than follow pre-established instructions, will have the ability to sense varying conditions and adapt to change responding accordingly.

We will not depart from a given design and follow file-to-factory methods; designs will emerge from codes that account for material behavior and machinic logics, and be constantly actualized with real-time fabrication data extracted from artificial vision tools. The resulting construction will merge both the original source code, and the necessary adjustments to the forces that may have affected the process of fabrication.

Our designs will not be pre-conceived and modeled upfront; instead design will emerge from computational methods for optimization, considering evolutionary principles. We will virtually simulate material and machinic behavior, to understand the optimal conditions by which a design may emerge from our customized process of formation.

Our inventions ought to be available to many; they must be user-friendly, easy and cheap to reproduce in several places of our planet, so we can promote their application in communities that have limited access to education and technology.

Our work will benefit others. During our research, we will communicate our progress on the web, as a way to disseminate our findings and stimulate crowd innovation.

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M.I.T. Scholar’s 1949 Essay on Machine Age Is Found

M.I.T. Scholar’s 1949 Essay on Machine Age Is Found | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
“The Machine Age,” an essay written for The New York Times by Norbert Wiener, a visionary mathematician, languished for six decades in the M.I.T. archives, and now excerpts are being published.

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ComplexInsight's curator insight, May 22, 2013 12:46 AM

When I was a young teenager I came across Cybernetics by Norbert Weiner at my local lending library. I would borrow it several times over the years to read and re-read, though much was certainly beyond my understanding then. For those familiar with Weiner's work this essay from 1949 will come as no surprise. For those not - it will give an insight into why we owe so much to his insight that helped found the field of computer science and informatics and why his work and ideas are often worth revisting and re-examining. Great essay - worth the read. Click on the image or title to learn more.

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[VIDEO] NextWorld: Future Intelligence

Soon, we will be able to build computers with artificial intelligence and processing power that rivals the human brain. Intelligence will be everywhere, embedded in our clothing, our vehicles and homes. Intelligent robots will serve us - until they don't feel like doing so anymore. And what happens then...? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1277322/plotsummary


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The Robotic Future is Fast, Cheap and Out of Control

The Robotic Future is Fast, Cheap and Out of Control | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

The robotic future is here, and it looks nothing like we thought it would. Instead of humanoid, highly-intelligent robots that do our bidding, the future is increasingly one of robotic swarms, robotic quadrotors, and tiny robots no larger than insects that perform surgery. The robotics revolution, in short, is fast, cheap and out of control

 


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Research Projects | GRASP Laboratory - University Of Pennsylvania

Research Projects | GRASP Laboratory - University Of Pennsylvania | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

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AR Drone That Infects Other Drones With Virus Wins DroneGames - IEEE Spectrum

AR Drone That Infects Other Drones With Virus Wins DroneGames - IEEE Spectrum | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Other projects included a leashed auto-tweeting drone, and code to control a swarm of drones all at once...

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Controlling a Robot With Your Mind (Infographics)

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Brain implants, a robotic arm, thought control — it sounds far out. But in Brown University’s BrainGate experiment, the combination work...

 

 


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RoboBees Project

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The researchers are working on creating robotic bees that fly autonomously and coordinate activities amongst themselves and the hive, much like real bees. The research team aims to drive research in compact, high-energy power sources, ultra-low-power computing and the design of distributed algorithms for multi-agent systems. Furthermore, the RoboBees created will provide unique insights into how Mother Nature conjures such elegant solutions to solve complex problems.

 

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