post

Strategic Design

[Originally published January 2016.]

We’re making nano assemblers that build cells, we’re making micro assemblers that build integrated circuits, we’re making macro assemblers that build jumbo jets, we’re making giant assemblers that build geological scale features, and we’re working on space assemblers to build space civilizations, all based on this fundamental transition of digitizing fabrication, not by making the design digital, but by actually putting codes into the construction of the material. It fundamentally is a third digital revolution.

-Professor Neil Gershenfeld.

Continue reading

post

The Conservation Conversation

[Originally published September 2015.]

The following sentence is going to sound absurd, but here it is: The Floating Fab Lab, currently in development, will bob up and down more than 2,000 km of Amazon River, bringing education and access to marginalized communities. That can’t be a real thing, right? It’s straight out of science fiction–or maybe Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.

Continue reading