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3D Printing And The Complexity Of Compiling Matter

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"As with anything, such god-like power of creation comes with great responsibility. Firstly, to realize these complex forms and computational materials, engineers are writing the algorithms that generate the design, rather than drawing it directly. "

Alessio Erioli's curator insight, Today, 6:20 AM

"As with anything, such god-like power of creation comes with great responsibility. Firstly, to realize these complex forms and computational materials, engineers are writing the algorithms that generate the design, rather than drawing it directly"

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Bioinspired Robotics: Softer, Smarter, Safer

The Bioinspired Robotics platform at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering looks into Nature to obtain insights for the development…
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DNA-guided 3-D printing of human tissue is unveiled

DNA-guided 3-D printing of human tissue is unveiled | e.cloud | Scoop.it
A UCSF-led team has developed a technique to build tiny models of human tissues, called organoids, more precisely than ever before using a process that turns...
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Attack on the pentagon results in discovery of new mathematical tile

Attack on the pentagon results in discovery of new mathematical tile | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Joy as mathematicians discover a new type of pentagon that can cover the plane leaving no gaps and with no overlaps. It becomes only the 15th type of pentagon known that can do this, and the first discovered in 30 years
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New Laws Explain Why Fast-Growing Networks Break

New Laws Explain Why Fast-Growing Networks Break | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Researchers are uncovering the hidden laws that reveal how the Internet grows, how viruses spread, and how financial bubbles burst.

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Researchers folded DNA into the shape of a nanoscale bunny

Folding DNA into the shape of a tiny bunny rabbit is now easier than ever, according to a study published in Nature today. Folding DNA isn’t new — it’s known as DNA origami — but automating the...
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The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn

The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn | e.cloud | Scoop.it
What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of “cats.”) Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave … sooner than you probably think.
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Uh Oh, Did We Just Build a Robot With Self-Awareness? - Futurism

Uh Oh, Did We Just Build a Robot With Self-Awareness? - Futurism | e.cloud | Scoop.it

Roboticists at the RPI in New York have built a trio of robots that were put through the classic 'wise men puzzle' test of self-awareness - and one of them passed.

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Chemists Invent New Letters for Nature’s Genetic Alphabet

Chemists Invent New Letters for Nature’s Genetic Alphabet | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Scientists hope that new genetic letters, created in the lab, will endow DNA with new powers.
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Autodesk Launches New Generative Design Tool for Optimizing Additive Manufacturing

Autodesk Launches New Generative Design Tool for Optimizing Additive Manufacturing | e.cloud | Scoop.it
When it comes to the near future of how things get made, generative design tools are slowly but surely becoming yet another useful component of the modern day designer and...
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Physicists Discover "Hidden Chaos" Lurking Everywhere

Physicists Discover "Hidden Chaos" Lurking Everywhere | e.cloud | Scoop.it
It appears that the standard tools used to identify chaotic signatures might be missing lots of hidden chaos — especially in systems that seem like they’re not chaotic at all.
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4 Ways a Robot or Drone 3D Printer Will Change Architecture

4 Ways a Robot or Drone 3D Printer Will Change Architecture | e.cloud | Scoop.it
From building skin to Mars exploration, here are four robot and aerial drone 3D printer applications poised to both cruise the earth and take to the skies.
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Journalist Spends Four Years Traversing India to Document Crumbling Subterranean Stepwells Before they Disappear

Journalist Spends Four Years Traversing India to Document Crumbling Subterranean Stepwells Before they Disappear | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Across India an entire category of architecture is slowly crumbling into obscurity, and you've probably never even heard it. Such was the case 30 years ago when Chicago journalist Victoria Lautman made her first trip to the country and discovered the impressive structures called stepwells. Li
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Nature, In Code - Learning JavaScript programming while learning about nature

Nature, In Code - Learning JavaScript programming while learning about nature | e.cloud | Scoop.it
The offifical website for the Nature in Code book.
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'Multifab' 3D-prints a record 10 materials at once, no assembly required

'Multifab' 3D-prints a record 10 materials at once, no assembly required | e.cloud | Scoop.it
3D printing is great, assuming that all you need to do is print one material for one purpose, and that you're okay with it taking a few tries. But the technology is still far behind where it could be in reliably producing a variety of useful objects, with no assembly required, at a cost that doesn't make you want to poke your eyes out with a 3D-printed fork.
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Theories of Everything, Mapped | Quanta Magazine

Theories of Everything, Mapped |  Quanta Magazine | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Explore the deepest mysteries at the frontier of fundamental physics, and the most promising ideas put forth to solve them.
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brass swarm - kokkugia

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"Brass Swarm is an experimental prototype developed through self-organisational algorithmic design processes and robotic fabrication. The project explores spatial self-organisation, emergent tectonics and the relationship between robotic and algorithmic behavior."

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Brass Swarm, Prototype, Shanghai, 2015

Design Director: Roland Snooks

Project Team: Cam Newnham, Ben Verzijl

Fabrication Team: Zhao Sheng, Cai Yuan Zhen, Tang Yan Chao, Chen yu Lan, Xu Lei, Yan Lei, Zhang Wu

Brass Swarm is an experimental prototype developed through self-organisational algorithmic design processes and robotic fabrication. The project explores spatial self-organisation, emergent tectonics and the relationship between robotic and algorithmic behavior.

Kokkugia has developed a multi-agent algorithmic strategy for spatial self-organisation, from which topological surfaces emerge. This manifold swarm strategy self-organises clouds of agents into coherent, continuous surfaces, and complex spatial division. These spatial agents simultaneously generate the intricate tectonics of the project. Each agent has a body that is capable of interacting and connecting to the bodies of the surrounding agents. The interaction of these agentBodies generates intricate ornamental and structural networks.

The prototype is robotically fabricated through the interaction of two Kuka Agilus robots, which bend the brass rods comprising the agentBodies. The robots have a precise set of physical and mechanical constraints that limit the possible angles and direction of the bends. This behavior of the robots has been encoded within the generative algorithm to ensure that the agentBodies negotiate between highly volatile generative design behaviors and more pragmatic concerns of fabrication. This process compresses fabrication and design imperatives into a single process, removing the need to post-rationalize complex geometry with regard to fabrication criteria.

These multi-agent algorithmic processes are part of the Behavioral Formation strategy developed by Kokkugia. This strategy encodes architectural design decisions within computational agents that interact, giving rise to a self-organised design intention and an emergent architecture.

This project was supported by: RMIT University Architectural Robotics Lab & WITH International Design & Development (Yang Feng, Li Zhi Bin, Ye Xin).

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Robo pingpong: Stanford students design, 'teach' robots to play - YouTube

After learning new software and programming languages, Stanford students in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have an opportunity to choose a creative t...
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Traces – Physical programming of freeform folding in soft matter

Traces – Physical programming of freeform folding in soft matter | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Created by Dana Zelig, Traces project explores the concept of programming everyday materials, a form of
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Appliance Science: Edible water bottles and the strange chemistry of spherification - CNET

Appliance Science: Edible water bottles and the strange chemistry of spherification - CNET | e.cloud | Scoop.it
Could a modernist food technique create a new, less wasteful way to package water? Appliance Science looks at the curious chemistry of spherification.
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Welcome to Bitnation | Bitnation

Welcome to Bitnation | Bitnation | e.cloud | Scoop.it
BITNATION is a fully inclusive governance system. BITNATION offers a full range of services traditionally done by governments. We provide a cryptographically secure ID system, blockchain based dispute resolution, marriage and divorce, land registery, education, insurance, security, diplomacy, and more through a fully distributed platform.
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