Sunday, July 06, 2008


“One man's "magic" is another man's engineering. "Supernatural" is a null word.”

---Robert A. Heinlein

The above words have never seemed truer to me. Today, I came across an article which talked about a machine called Rep Rap which can duplicate 3 D objects. A 3 Dimensional xerox machine!

I have never read of anything more amazing and astounding. Though it is slow at present and has lot of limitations, it can be improvised with time. It could be used to replicate itself also. It is mind boggling to think of the vast impacts it will have.
Imagine what it can do to the manufacturing industry. The cost of setting up an industry, hiring labor, etc. all reduced to one simple machine!

It almost seems like a device hurtling out of a science fiction novel. The concept could be thought of as self reproducing robots. We could say,


By such discoveries, is man interfering with nature or is he doing exactly what the nature intends him to do. Maybe nature intends him to discover the ultimate truth of existence, of this universe gradually through such experiments, through science. The day we end up making a world of machines similar to the world that has been made for us, would perhaps be the ultimate day.

Maybe Science is God and God is Science?


Gold and Iron said...

Well man is doing all he can to survive more easily.
After all where ever you go and what ever you do, it will always be, the survival of the fittest. We are just becoming fitter through each invention

Ya, I Am A Dastard said...

i dont know the answer of ur final question, infact it's rather unsettling if science and God were related (somehow all scientists have also been philosophers in this sense - always had that question)...not so in my opinion, which is more out of me being an agnostic...

but more than that, yes, the invention is amazing...truly stunning...the concept of intellectual singularity and robots n such things have always been harped on in scifi novels n movies, and i guess it will continue to grab our minds...

pragyag said...

wot i can say abt this...i just felt nice to see someone posting this...with all the changing scenes at Indian Institute of 'Technology'!
Indeed it felt amazing reading abt it!