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Holy Crap: This MIT Robot Might One Day Weave A Building

It’s not eight-legged (yet), but the Mediated Matter Group from MIT Media Lab is training a robot to weave web-like architecture, similar to the way a silkworm creates cocoons or a giant, metal black widow spider will capture humans for sport. It’s called CNSILK (Computer Numerically Controlled Silk Cocoon Construction). The implications of the technology are genuinely exciting.
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Will Silk Worms Help Build Our Future Cities?

Business & Finance : Fast Company (2 years ago)

MIT Media Lab conducts a silk worm-enabled experiment in bio-digital fabrication. It’s amazing what an army of 6,500 silk worms can do. The MIT Media Lab’s Mediated Matter Research Group (led by Neri Oxman) collaborated with Harvard... Read Post

6,500 Silk Worms Spin One Heck Of A Cloud

Technology / Gadgets : Gizmodo (2 years ago)

Honestly, it seems like silk pajamas are on a downswing in popularity. Which is a damn shame. But the Mediated Matter Research Group (part of the MIT Media Lab) recently put thousands of silkworms to work on an architectural project... Read Post

Thousands of silkworms and one robot made this intricate sculpture

Genres / Sci Fi : io9 (2 years ago)

Working under the assumption that silkworms are nature’s original 3D printers, researchers at MIT Media Lab's Mediated Matter group have created a domed sculpture from silk fibres woven by a robotic arm — which was then completed by... Read Post

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