We Can Change Our Future!
It’s been a steady evolution, but great abilities and things have come from combining the capacities of human beings, artificial intelligence, robotics and 3-dimensional printing technologies. Nothing matches a human for grasping the big picture, or integrative, inspired, intuitive, creative and artistic thinking, yet.
Yet, for decades, we’ve had computational machines that can process much more information than any human being, far faster than any human being, computer-controlled robotic environments that can do repetitive work far faster and with far more consistent precision and accuracy than human beings, and 3D printing technologies that can quickly produce materials with structures that do not occur naturally and with extraordinary strength and other capacities, because they do not require joints, for example.
We have increasingly mastered the integration of these technologies, so now a human being can recognize a problem or opportunity, specify constraints and brainstorm with computer AI systems new solutions which can be developed and built in entirely new ways. 3D printers can then either make the whole thing, in some cases, or robots can be deployed together with 3D printers with incredible results.
For example, engineers at a European aeronautical company outfitted a jet airplane prototype with thousands of sensors and flew it thousands of hours, creating billions of data points, measuring things like wind resistance, pressures, fuel consumption and stresses. They plugged that data into a powerful computer system, with sophisticated engineering equations and designs, engaged AI technology, and engaged with all of that as human beings, playing with things like space, capacity, resistance and thrust.
Together, they came up with revolutionary new designs. They then 3D printed and assembled an entire new plane using robots and humans. It used an “organic lattice matrix” for the structure based on something found in insects, together with monofilament tension adjusters modeled on silk and tendons, with a dimpled skin pattern based on a golf-ball and arrays of micro wind turbines in the skin dimples, Kevlor tires, and a curvilinear shape with a flatter bottom that made the plane body produce lift and allow smaller wings. That plane had 35% more interior capacity with 35% less weight.
Interior space grew another 10% by standardizing on 3 luggage sizes and shapes and checking all bags, which we now do. Interior configurations provide very different kinds of spaces, with open sleep-bunks, closed single and double sleeping cabins, play spaces for children, bar lounges, meeting rooms and more traditional seating. Robots handle luggage in 40% of the time, without errors or damage. Planes use clean and quiet electric motors on takeoff and landing, with hydrogen powered in-flight thrust emitting only clean water as waste, and electricity produced by dimpled micro-turbines on the plane’s skin. These planes produce no exhaust pollution and are 70% quieter over cities and 25% faster, on average.
Users use these AI-Robot-3D technologies to design custom buildings and homes, and those can be produced in a matter of days. Many of the new schools and habitation campuses are created that way. We custom design and print all kinds of things in homes, businesses and communities now: tools, utensils, machines, furniture, supplies and art. We manufacture all kinds of products that way, eliminating or reducing needs for repetitive human labor and expensive and polluting transportation.
A few decades ago, this might have been catastrophic to big swaths of humanity, dependent on trading human labor for money to live. Today, these advances free us to be able to focus on other things, like family, community, restoring natural systems, gardening, art, creativity, meditation, helping others, solving problems, learning, growing and evolving. Social investments in things that produce real wealth for all have reduced our need to work for money all the time, because they have returned solutions that meet our material needs for the long term. We don’t need to work as much to meet our material needs.
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