3D? Lets go One More! 4D!

3D printing has of late become the hottest discussed news. With this new age printing method we can create guns, replicate handy tools, and even create stem cells to print organs. With 3D printing becoming more accessible and developed further, we of course now have to turn to the world of 4D, a world where things make themselves, without outside intervention!

The world of 4D printing is a world that is yet to be fully realized though research into it has already begun. Exciting new developments in this field will lead to more efficient explorations of the next frontier! Hints of a better lifestyle also  come promised as more is learned about this new self assembly system. This passive self assembly system could be the next step to developing AI and creating a new, always adapting system of thought.

Skylar Tibbits, from MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab says:

Imagine robotics-like behavior without the reliance on complex electro-mechanical devices!

Although it is still being developed, even in early stages, the potential for 4D “printing” is outstanding and very real. Shake a passive cube system and you get a desired structure! As Skylar mentions in the Ted talk:

Bridges, buildings, and structures can self assemble through previously programmed data.

A machine that creates itself based on data could be advantageous in war-like scenarios where a bridge for transports is needed. Set a self assembling robot to work if a base camp needs to be set up quickly while manpower is used more efficiently on scouting and gathering intelligence. It could even lead to the development of this guy…

He could be a bad-ass soldier and all, but why is this important to you and I? With all this advancement hopefully we will get to the point where our conveniences become that much greater with the use of these 4D inventions, that is, as long as our reliance on robotics doesn’t also increase exponentially in the process. As convenient as our lives can become through technology, I remain a firm believer and enthusiast of personal connections and interactions! Less is sometimes more… but until then…

The Singularity is Nigh Upon Us.

 

Sources for research:

Ted Talk by Skylar Tibbits

3D printing by Wondergressive

ABC 7: Guns and 3D Printing

CNET: Printing Organs

4D Printing

SJET: Self Assembly System

Wondergressive: The Singularity is Nigh Upon Us

Blimps are the Future!

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Aeros Corp in southern California is developing an Aeroscraft which resembles a blimp in technology and appearance. These neat nifty new age airships have the ability to climb vertically in altitude to a desired height of up to 12,000 feet and can travel horizontally at 222 km/hour or roughly 134 miles/hour. AerosCorp is working on different models that can lift from 20 tons to 500 tons of equipment! These airships have an eerie UFO look to them, since, well they really are unidentified as of yet.

aeroscraft-diagramStill in development, the ultimate goal of these airships is to carry military cargo using roughly a third of the fuel of a conventional cargo plane. The Aeroscraft, measuring at only 230 feet long, is built so efficiently it is able to manuever easily through the sky and land anywhere from a landing pad to a parking lot. A prototype is set to fly this year and a full sized Aeroscraft will set out in 2016.

Without the modern day limitations of an airport, you can land this Aeroscraft anywhere hilly and resupply a village with equipment. Help out that local revolution without being slowed down by travel on the ground. And for those with lots of money? How about a vessel for all your fortune as you travel the world? Think Casino in the Sky! Training facility on the way to that big sports event! Scenic sky cruise of the Himalayas! Or maybe Blitzball brought to reality in the sky. I’d name mine “Plane to Sea”.

The future is NOW! Or rather, it has been? Only better! But similar.