Architecture with Biological Response

joshbyard:

An Engineer’s Plan to Use Swarm Robots to Make Smart Buildings Behave More Like  Super-Organisms

Using swarms of robotic sensors that “chase” a structure’s human occupants, he wants buildings to understand everything about us, down to our emotional state.

These robot sensors will learn from their mistakes, self-regulate using digital “hormones”, and record information over the course of years, building up a record of experiences to be used as “DNA” to program future versions of themselves, or even other buildings.

“Living organisms give birth to the next generation, and have immunity to viruses such as influenza,” says Mita in a video promoting his work. “Our idea was that we wanted to give architecture this kind of biological response capability.”

(via BBC - Future - Technology - Robot swarms aim to bring buildings to life ht Kurzweil AI)

Architecture with Biological Response
joshbyard:

An Engineer’s Plan to Use Swarm Robots to Make Smart Buildings Behave More Like  Super-Organisms

Using swarms of robotic sensors that “chase” a structure’s human occupants, he wants buildings to understand everything about us, down to our emotional state.
These robot sensors will learn from their mistakes, self-regulate using digital “hormones”, and record information over the course of years, building up a record of experiences to be used as “DNA” to program future versions of themselves, or even other buildings.
“Living organisms give birth to the next generation, and have immunity to viruses such as influenza,” says Mita in a video promoting his work. “Our idea was that we wanted to give architecture this kind of biological response capability.”

(via BBC - Future - Technology - Robot swarms aim to bring buildings to life ht Kurzweil AI)

Floris on development of technology

The team at Audi work with recent Nobel Prize winners who are recognised for advancing culture and science around the world.  Most interestingly, Floris has been talking with a scientist who is figuring out how to redesign the brain.  He is now confident that the brain of a mouse can be altered to sharpen perception and memory.  One day, artificial brains will be embedded in all sort of every day machinery, such as your refrigerator, car, house, etc.  This will drastically change how we relate to our environment.

Floris believes there is no limit to the intelligence that can be programmed into an inanimate object, citing the beginning of the 20th century compared to now. It’s hard to gauge where the limits may lie.  His department is all about carefully balancing imagination with what can be actually done. He brought up the important point that if you can imagine it, then engineers will eventually be able to figure it out. Look at ideas in history that at one point seemed bonkers - for example, Da Vinci’s notes on aerodynamics and his flying machine were kept hidden in a private notebook and only unearthed after he died.

Floris on development of technology
The team at Audi work with recent Nobel Prize winners who are recognised for advancing culture and science around the world.  Most interestingly, Floris has been talking with a scientist who is figuring out how to redesign the brain.  He is now confident that the brain of a mouse can be altered to sharpen perception and memory.  One day, artificial brains will be embedded in all sort of every day machinery, such as your refrigerator, car, house, etc.  This will drastically change how we relate to our environment.
Floris believes there is no limit to the intelligence that can be programmed into an inanimate object, citing the beginning of the 20th century compared to now. It’s hard to gauge where the limits may lie.  His department is all about carefully balancing imagination with what can be actually done. He brought up the important point that if you can imagine it, then engineers will eventually be able to figure it out. Look at ideas in history that at one point seemed bonkers - for example, Da Vinci’s notes on aerodynamics and his flying machine were kept hidden in a private notebook and only unearthed after he died.

Roll me a bridge

experimentsinmotion:

Infrastructure in Motion: The Rolling Bridge at Paddington Basin

Conceived by British designer, Thomas Heatherwick, the Rolling Bridge consists of eight hinged sections that contain hydraulic cylinder which when activated curl the bridge into an octagonal shape to allow boats to pass through the canal. 

Roll me a bridge
experimentsinmotion:

Infrastructure in Motion: The Rolling Bridge at Paddington Basin
Conceived by British designer, Thomas Heatherwick, the Rolling Bridge consists of eight hinged sections that contain hydraulic cylinder which when activated curl the bridge into an octagonal shape to allow boats to pass through the canal.