You don't get much more Future Now than this: a 3D printer that prototypes and fabricates specialized robots within hours. Developed at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) thanks to a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the CSAIL Project aims to democratize the design and production of robots generations beyond what is possible with off-the-shelf parts or hackable kits like LEGO's Mindstorm. Following current trends in robot design, the prototypes CSAIL demonstrates in this video look far more arachnid than Robbie the Robot: these aren't automatons that will make your grandmother a cup of tea, but they are impressive, sophisticated machines coming from a device that may be common in hacker- and makerspaces within a few years.
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Paul M. Davis tells stories online and off, exploring the spaces where data, art, and civics intersect. I currently work with a number of organizations including Pivotal and
Paul M. Davis tells stories online and off, exploring the spaces where data, art, and civics intersect.
I currently work with a number of organizations including Pivotal and Howlround. Previously I edited Shareable Magazine, and served as Content Manager and Strategist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My work has also appeared in publications such as GOOD, Utne Reader, the AV Club, and the SF Weekly.
Things I share: Knowledge, technology, reusable resources, goodwill.