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The Next Technological Age (Think we can handle it?)

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posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 12:50 PM
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The Next Technological Age


I am sure there are threads on this, but this thread is putting all information into one thread. I assure you this will be more detailed than any other thread on the subject. Feel free to add more and discuss the implications of this technology. Much of this information is cut and paste and the references are listed with each article. I do not take credit for writing this, I am merely regurgitating this information for everyone here on ATS, of course with references.

Imagine if you will, having the ability to create anything you want simply by the push of a button or by creating it on CAD. This technology is here believe it or not, it is in it’s early infancy, but there is no denying that this is going to be the next Revolution for human-kind. I will go over the technology today and what is being developed for tomorrow, as well as the pros and cons of such technology.

Here is a video simulating the technology:

Video (quicktime)

The Synthetic Reality Age is born

“In 2002, Seth Goldstein and Todd Mowry started the claytronics project at Carnegie Mellon University to investigate the underlying hardware and software mechanisms necessary to realize programmable matter.

“Claytronics" is an emerging field of engineering concerning reconfigurable nanoscale robots ('claytronic atoms', or catoms) designed to form much larger scale machines or mechanisms. Also known as "programmable matter", the catoms will be sub-millimeter computers that will eventually have the ability to move around, communicate with each others, change color, and electro-statically connect to other catoms to form different shapes. The forms made up of catoms could morph into nearly any object, even replicas of human beings for virtual meetings.

Claytronics technology is currently being researched by Professor Seth Goldstein and Professor Todd C. Mowry at Carnegie Mellon University, which is where the term was coined. According to Carnegie Mellon's Synthetic Reality Project personnel, claytronics are described as "An ensemble of material that contains sufficient local computation, actuation, storage, energy, sensing, and communication" which can be programmed to form interesting dynamic shapes and configurations.

The project combines modular robotics, systems nanotechnology and computer science to create the dynamic, 3-Dimensional display of electronic information known as claytronics.

The goal is to give tangible, interactive forms to information so that a user's senses will experience digital environments as though they are indistinguishable from reality.

Claytronics is taking place across a rapidly advancing frontier. This technology will help to drive breathtaking advances in the design and engineering of computing and hardware systems.

Realizing the vision of claytronics through the self-assembly of millions of catoms into synthetic reality will have a profound effect on the experience of users of electronic information. This promise of claytronic technology has become possible because of the ever increasing speeds of computer processing predicted in Moore's Law.”

Reference:
www.cs.cmu.edu...
en.wikipedia.org...

How will this effect you?

“We still tell our children “you can be anything when you grow up.” It’s time to start telling them “you’re going to be able to make anything…right now.” Similar work at MIT and Carnegie Mellon is pointing towards the next revolution in computers and manufacturing: programmable matter. In the future you won’t use computers to design a car, the car will form from billions of tiny computers that arrange themselves into anything you want. The physical and computational world will merge. Hope you’re ready.

How can a material be intelligent? By being made up of particle-sized machines. At Carnegie Mellon, with support from Intel, the project is called Claytronics. The idea is simple: make basic computers housed in tiny spheres that can connect to each other and rearrange themselves. It’s the same concept as we saw with Modular Robotics, only on a smaller scale. Each particle, called a Claytronics atom or Catom, is less than a millimeter in diameter. With billions you could make almost any object you wanted. See the concept video after the break.

Carnegie Mellon isn’t the only university pursuing intelligent materials. MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) is actively trying to merge physics and computer science. Neil Gershenfeld, CBA’s director and one of the leaders in computational physics, is seeking to design, build and program computers that are what they compute. He’s taking the “bit” and turning it into an “it,” instead of the other way around.

It All Looks Good on Paper

In hardware, Claytronics has already made centimeter sized cylindrical catoms that have basic features. They can latch together and recognize when they are latched, and they can be moved using electrostatic forces. Carnegie Mellon is also researching how to power the catoms using magnetic resonance coupling (having each catom convert a magnetic field into electricity). Catoms will be so small that electric forces will be more important than gravity so they’re using helium filled cubes to test how catoms will work when gravity is no longer the dominate force.
Software research is just as rigorous. Programmers have to create a system where catoms can communicate wirelessly over relatively long ranges and with little power. In a single cubic meter, there could be a billion catoms. That means a billion computers trying to talk to each other and move themselves to form a shape. It’s a daunting task but it’s helped by a great concept known as “fungibility.”

When something is fungible, not only is twice as many twice as useful, half as many is half as useful. Bread is fungible, a human is not. Cut one in half and you still have food, cut the other in half and you go to jail. Right now, computers are not fungible. With programmable matter, they would be. That same cubic meter of a billion catoms is essentially a network of a billion computers. That’s a lot of computational power - more than enough to organize it into different shapes. And if the computer was separated into sections, the overall computing power would still be the same. Don’t try that with your laptop.

Fungbility is a concept that Gershenfeld at CBA can really get behind. At TED 2006, he discussed how programmable matter and fungible computers will allow you to “pour out” as much computer as you need to solve a problem. The amount of computational strength you need would be matched by a physical quantity in the real world. Watch his talk below, but be warned: it’s long, he talks fast, and some of the ideas are a little heady.

What will it mean for us to be Post-Scarcity?

“Working with non-programmable matter, Gershenfeld organized a lab with some basic tools: a laser cutter, milling machines, a sign cutter, and programming instruments. Costing somewhere around $20,000 these basic labs can make almost any useful modern device. Computer boards, antennas, you name it. He shared these labs with educational groups all over the world. What did he find? Human ingenuity is more powerful than previously expected.
Children, and adults, were designing chips, tools, and many other inventions to solve local problems. By providing the means, local solutions arose from local inventors. This, my friends, is one of the most promising aspects of programmable matter: when we can build anything, we can solve any problem. The programmable matter will provide the computational power and the physical forms that we can organize into tools to fix…well…everything.

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posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 12:52 PM
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That’s the dream, and I believe in it, but I would be amiss if I didn’t point out the nightmare. Look at the weapons humanity has made from sticks and stones and you can begin to imagine the destruction that could be unleashed with programmable matter. Even if we learn to love and let live, the programmable matter will have a huge amount of computational power, enough to support artificial intelligence. Can we hope to control a material that can out-think and out-build us?

Fear doesn’t help us much, however. Intelligent material isn’t just a powerful and promising concept, it’s an inevitable invention. Computer chip manufacturers are creating smaller and smaller devices, modular robotics are becoming more sophisticated, and artificial intelligence is pre-natal but growing. These trends will converge and lead us to programmable matter eventually. Instead of fearing that development, we can work to understand it better and harness it for limitless possibilities.
Because that’s a real likelihood. The world could really use programmable matter to move beyond living for day to day necessities and start exploring humanity’s potential. When everyone has access to a fabrication lab that can make almost anything, the world will be populated by inventors. Not only will every cubic meter have billions of computers, the world will have 7 billion (or more) human minds guiding those computers to new discoveries. In our life times, or our children’s, we will come to realize an inevitable and quite literal truth: the world is what we make it.”

Reference:
singularityhub.com...


Snags for the public sector

Personally I see many different snags, one being that this is going to be snugged away in DARPA for decades due to the implications of being able to build devastating weapons with this. For instance, an Army of whatever you want. Let you imagination go on what this army would be.

Also a post from singularity hub argues a very important point. This will make the world a Single-product lifestyle. “Instead of buying an iPod, a car, and a nice suit, you could just by X kilograms of smart materials. Your iPod would rearrange to become your car, or your suit as the situation arose. Extra mass could be shunted off into a storage unit.”

Already, DARPA is actively putting hundreds of millions of dollars into this technology granting this to private companies. See below:

FBO

www.darpa.mil...

What do you all think of the implications? Should this be released to the public or is it too dangerous? Would this cause the world to go to a one world currency? Should we have invested the trillions of dollars we wasted on banks on this technology instead? Very interesting and definitely something to keep an eye on in the coming decades….

-Kdial1



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posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 01:36 PM
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It will change everything if that comes out to the public, the things i would do..



posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 01:40 PM
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The things you would do... I am sure that is the fear of the PTB and why it will probably never be released to the public....sad really.

-Kdial1



posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 01:41 PM
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If you can imagine it, it's real.



posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 02:22 PM
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Here is some more info about the research going on:

www.darpa.mil...

My mind keeps wondering more and more about this and all of the stuff I am starting to think about is hurting my brain. I wonder if you could have invisible fatigues for the Armed forces? But then again why would you need armed forces like I mentioned above when you could have an army of whatever you want to create..... ouch my brain

-Kdial1

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posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 02:46 PM
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I only have one small word to add...

T1000

Scary...



posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 03:00 PM
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Originally posted by DaMod
I only have one small word to add...

T1000

Scary...



I am thinking more along the lines of Transformers.

Imagine deploying this technology as a fence around a city for defence or quarantine and of course it being electrified... They are talking about having micro solar panels attached to these catoms, imagine the jolt it would give since they are all connected.

Imagine having a perfect lawn that powered your house....lol...no but seriously... :-)

-Kdial1



posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 03:01 PM
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Funny thing about all this new technology is where I first heard of it. Usually I browse the threads of ATS to read about stuff I never heard of before.

But as for all this stuff I first heard from that thread about the Italian from the future.



The beginning of Claytronics Technology Age. I'm sure many of you don't know what it is. Well, it's a fantastic good thing for everybody.
Source

Even if those thread are hoaxs I am still learning from them. lol


Rhain



posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 05:14 PM
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i would use it to make some armor type of suits or clothes;
and maybe there would be new designs available to download from the internet for free or maybe for a small fee like 10 cents or something;
and maybe i would have a type of virtual closet;

or maybe use it for cars or spaceships;
and be able to download new designs on the internet....

alot of people would probably use it as a weapon since alot of people are messed up in the head;



posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 05:18 PM
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new ideas...new problems to confront...as always.



posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 05:22 PM
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Great Thread,

well I find this technology absolutely amazing, the possibilities are just stunning.

I, as an artist, would love to put my hands on this, imagine the wonders that would be created in an instant, possibly with intelligence to act and interact with the "observer/creator".
Quite frankly, I don't believe this kind of technology will be made public, at least not for now.... We humans have to grow up a little before....



posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 05:49 PM
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Originally posted by Rhain
But as for all this stuff I first heard from that thread about the Italian from the future.



The beginning of Claytronics Technology Age. I'm sure many of you don't know what it is. Well, it's a fantastic good thing for everybody.
Source

Even if those thread are hoaxs I am still learning from them. lol
Rhain


I'm doing exactly the same things. thats where i heard about claytronics, thenn i went and googled it. sounds cool. I love technology and computers. Cant wait for my own claytronics terminator ;-P



posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 06:48 PM
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You have to remember too with this technology unimaginable speeds will be able to be achieved with your car or whatever you decide to get around on....I personally would choose a cheetah (of course like triple it's normal size, with some trunk space) lol

-Kdial1



posted on Sep, 6 2009 @ 01:43 AM
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I made a post in another thread about this a couple of days ago. It would be nice but who are we kidding?

The government is not going to release this kind of tech to the people. The only way they will release it is if they will make billions off of it and even then they still won't because they will be afraid of other countries like NK, Iran, China, Russia etc etc getting ahold of the tech so yea.... they NOT going to release it.



posted on Sep, 6 2009 @ 01:49 AM
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Sounds extremely neat. But it does bring forward the old "Grey Goo" scenario.



posted on Dec, 1 2009 @ 10:47 PM
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Very interesting technology, the thing that I cannot seem to find on the web regarding Claytronics, is the fact that the basis of this technology will be from "Calcium Bentonite Clay" This clay(All Clay is volcanic ash) Is the single most powerful clay known. It has been used for thousands of years & still is for healing an endless number of afflictions.

It has a specific content of monatomic elements(ORMUS) in it & the powers that be have know this forever. The big pharmaceuticals tried to tie up all the known Calcium Bentonite Clay deposits years ago & to this day all the powdery tablets that there drugs a masked in is once again Calcium Bentonite Clay!!



posted on Dec, 6 2009 @ 12:55 PM
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Claytronic is very interesting.
I actually incorporated it in my nanotechnology thread here
www.abovetopsecret.com...

Good post OP S&F for you



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