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- On the recursive printer subject: If one were to make a 3d printer that used lithium polymer as a medium, the result could be its own battery. I imagine a metallic bacilli, doubling it's length, replicating all the printing mechanisms in that extra length, and then dividing.Apr 28, 2012
- rob M.+2that's a gr8 idea...! I'm trying not to sound corny but in all seriousness, that's 1 of the best concepts i've heard in a long time-- i recall a few articles on battery-tech for printed/thin batteries & printed-solar-panels: 1) Researchers Develop A Path To Liquid Solar Cells That Can Be Printed Onto Surfaces ->this might be the most amazing development as far as game-changers: i saw similar "painted solar cell" technology on a science show but don't recall who / where it was, but the Kurzweil website has this
link to USC scientists who are doing it: http://www.usc.edu/uscnews/newsroom/news_release.php?id=2707
2) http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2012/03/a-supercapacitor-in-your-optical-drive-dvd-rw-used-to-burn-graphene-capacitors.ars ;
3) http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/nanotechnology/printed-power-sources-for-cars-and-consumer-gadgetsApr 29, 2012
- :O Now you've gone and made it photosynthetic.
A machine made of these printer-cells would be versatile; repairing itself, mutating. Perhaps a skin like this, made of this solar variety, could be put over a spacecraft; or if we used a safe -- and thats the cat's bell here -- thermoelectric type we could build heart valves, organs, bones, prosthetic neural networks. Of course, they're doing this with living cells already! But how efficient is aerobic respiration? ~38% If we can transcend to a nanoscopic scale, even for just extremely specialized printer-cells, well... that would mean an awesome exactness of structure and perhaps even enhanced efficiency.Apr 30, 2012
- cool huhApr 30, 2012
- Let's go way down the road you guys have been on. The features and traits you are describing as you explore possibilities all mimic what organisms do and organisms do it much more efficiently. Organisms grow photo reactive skins which help to process light into energy and they process organic matter into nutrients and fuel, they self replicate, create tools and parts, auto repair and all those other awesome things we would love to see these machines doing. So my question is where is the line? Is there one? At what point do we abandon the crude mimicry that we find in machines and start engineering organisms that can do all these things for us?
Is physical mechanics inferior to bio mechanics or is there some sort of Borg like compromise that is ultimately better than either alone?Apr 30, 2012
- We are machines.Apr 30, 2012