This MIT lab is making solid objects move… all by themselves.

You’re pretty sure your chair won’t get up and walk away, right? For now, you’re probably right. But Skylar Tibbits and his team at the MIT Self-Assembly Lab envision a weirder future. They’re creating objects that can move and change on their own right before your eyes (imagine, for example, a box that assembles itself). The objects are able to move because of memory programmed into the material they’re made with.

Don’t believe us? Watch the objects in action »

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Lil B’s MIT Lecture Pt. 1

… the 12th section of the Massachusetts General Law, which stipulates ‘the admission of an individual to a general or psychiatric hospital for psychiatric evaluation and, potentially, treatment.’ The law can be triggered if the person would ‘create a likelihood of serious harm by reason of mental illness’ and allows them to be kept for up to three business days against their will.
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An MIT professor was institutionalized for speaking out against Ferguson and academia’s silence, and I just found out this law exists. I also live in Massachusetts, where apparently it’s legal to hold someone for three business days—not just calendar days, but days businesses are open—against their will if they are considered “severely mentally ill,” whatever that means. Whether someone is actually a danger to anyone or not—or in many cases are just calling out ruling class bullshit—can be temporarily jailed and forced to undergo whatever treatment the doctors feel like.

This terrifies me. The mentally ill are much more likely to be victims of abuse—meaning their abuser could invoke this law and have their victim institutionalized.

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Neri OxmanMediated Matter research group at MIT Media LabChristoph Bader and Dominik Kolb, ‘Wanderers: An Astrobiological Exploration' series, 2014

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Making a great leap forward for mankind, the series Wanderers, introduces a set of fashionable wearable biological pieces that circulate materials that theoretically could enable humans to sustain themselves in inhospitable environments in space.  

Wanderers is an ongoing collaboration between Neri Oxman and Mediated Matter research group at MIT Media Lab and Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb. The four artworks are part of a design collection that Stratasys Ltd. - a global leader of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions - unveiled as a part of a curated showcase for the opportunities that triple-jetting 3D printing brings to the creative design industry.

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1. MUSHTARI (مشتري): Jupiter’s Wanderer*, from the Wanderers series.   Designed by Neri Oxman in collaboration with Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb and produced on the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Production System. Photo credit: Yoram Reshef. Courtesy of Neri Oxman., 2014

  • Mushtari, Arabic for huge or giant, is designed to interact with Jupiter’s atmosphere. This tortuous piece is designed as a single meandering strand inspired by the human gastrointestinal tract. It is a wearable that will consume and digest biomass, absorb nutrients, generate energy in the form of fuel or sucrose accumulating in the side pockets and expel waste. With triple-jetting technology, Oxman was able to 3D print the intricate, translucent tubing, as well complex layering, and produce varied degrees of flexibility for movement.

2. ZUHAL (زحل): Saturn’s Wanderer*, from the Wanderers series. Designed by Neri Oxman in collaboration with Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb and produced on the Objet500 Connex3 Color, Multi-material 3D Production System. Photo credit: Yoram Reshef. Courtesy of Neri Oxman., 2014

  • This piece was inspired by, and created to adapt to the vortex storms on Saturn. It has a hairy and fiberous large surface area designed to contain bacteria that convert the planet’s hydrocarbons into edible matter for humans. This geometrically complex, textural exterior is made possible with Stratasys 3D printing materials and triple-jetting technology that are malleable enough to vary in size, density and organization, accomodating for variations in anticipated wind speeds.

3. OTAARED (عطارد): Mercury’s Wanderer*, from the Wanderers series. Designed by Neri Oxman Oxman in collaboration with Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb and produced on the Objet500 Connex3 Color, Multi-material 3D Production System., 2014

  • For the planet Mercury, Oxman and her team have created a structure that acts as a protective exoskeleton for the head as the planet lacks any atmosphere. Here, Stratasys color, multi-material 3D printing enables highly accurate customized fittings to individual specifications. The resulting 3D printed shell is designed to contain calcifying bacteria within a wearable Caduceus, with the ultimate goal of growing true, organic bone structures.

4. AL-QAMAR (قمر): Luna’s Wanderer*, from the Wanderers series. Designed by Neri Oxman Oxman in collaboration with Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb and produced on the Objet500 Connex3 Color, Multi-material 3D Production System., 2014, images posted with permission of the artist.

  • Inspired by one of the most luminous objects in the sky, this piece embodies the surface qualities of the Moon.Akin to a wearable biodome, the exterior contains spatial spherical moon-shaped pods for algae-based air-purification and biofuel collection to produce and store oxygen. These highly detailed levels of spatial and material variation are only possible with Stratasys triple-jetting 3D printing technology due to its versatility of material properties from rubber to rigid, transparent to opaque, neutral to vibrantly colored and standard to biocompatible.

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Synthetic skin can sense pressure, moisture, etc. - Could usher in transhumanist artificial limbs

By David Talbot -

Some high-tech prosthetic limbs can be controlled by their owners, using nerves, muscles, or even the brain. However, there’s no way for the wearer to tell if an object is scalding hot, or about to slip out of the appendage’s grasp.

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Amazing Technology Invented By MIT - Tangible Media

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