Nabyl’s Weekly Digital Age Update – Episode 42

By November 11, 2019 Insight

In Episode 42 of my weekly update, I’m sharing stories and insights around self-assembling robots, the controlled flight of a microrobot powered by soft artificial muscles, and Elon Musk’s vision of a busy orbital space that includes transportation to Mars.

1. MIT’s self-propelled block robots can now manage basic swarm coordination

The idea of self-assembling miniature robots intelligently interacting to complete complex tasks is not simply limited to the whims of 14-year old robotics genius Hiro Hamada in the fictional city of San Fransokyo (from Disney’s Big Hero 6!) Important advances are being made in self-assembling robots that will impact our ability to solve large-scale, complex problems, including innovations in disaster response and efficient manufacturing.

2. RoboBee powered by soft muscles

Inexpensively scaling innovation is a substantial attribute of the digital age. Microrobots are a benefactor of this attribute, ensuring widespread, global future applications. Although market research remains in the early stages, the use of microrobots are being projected across many industries. In the health field for example, we are seeing breakthrough applications in targeted drug delivery.

3. Elon Musk says building the first sustainable city on Mars will take 1,000 Starships and 20 years

It may seem simpler to brush aside many of Elon Musk’s comments about the future of innovation, as they may seem implausible. I prefer instead to consider them in the context of wider progress and the trajectories of exponential technology-driven advancement. Within that lens, we once again see the continued theme of scalable innovation and reduced time to market; a combination that is constantly changing our daily lives and the industries around us.

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