Monthly Archives: September 2015

Tricorders, Wormholes, Social Robots and International Development

IMG_20150928_152206304As most of the SciFab2015 class experimented with creating new life forms, I found myself in New York City surrounded by secret service men, world leaders, and a sense of wonder. In my other life, I am the founder of Code4Rights, and my organization’s work led to a conference invitation. Between discussions on world hunger, equality for all, and improving global health echoes of science fiction permeated the conference.

Neil deGrasse Tyson – Interview:

I had a chance to ask Neil:
What is your favorite science fiction book and what scifi technology do you wish existed?

His Response Below:

His desires are similar to those of some in our class including Joe Goldbeck


Neil also had a fun time on stage interacting with Pepper, a social robot who wants to be your friend!

Tricorder is Here

As we ate a delicious dinner, a woman proclaimed that her team had made the tricorder of science fiction a reality.

“Science Fiction has become Science Fact”…

Building a dashboard of the mind

What are the parameters and contents of our mind? And how can we directly interact with them, to program our moods, goals and mental content? If we use meditation to work with them, we start with an interface that is not exactly user friendly and informative:

from Moebius: 37 days in the desert

Clearly, we need something more helpful than the content itself: the interface must expose an equivalent to the cybernetic infrastructure that drives our motivational system and the architecture of our mental processes.

Moebius: an early depiction of architectures of the mind (from Hara Kiri?)

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Replicator for food

3D printers and desktop manufacturing, once a science-fiction, is now a reality. Primarily meant for  prototyping, 3d printers is a vision for replicating physical objects. Current technology involves printing with plastic and metal. One of my friend has printed living tissues and printing with bacteria is happening at my lab.

It all started with Star Trek’s replicator. It started out as a food printer and later it was shown as a machine which can make anything.


There have been attempts to make food printers a reality.


Printing Apple

Growth Test

Edible Growth


Food as complex 3D structures

For this class I want to build a food printer which can print food with unconventional 3D structure. It would be interesting to be able program flavors, tastes and texture and have an interface to mix-and-match to make unusual food.

Air balloon Life Suit — Liang Liu



I was so sad about Jack’s death when I was watching the movie. And this idea came to me at that moment. It’s over-all suit covers all body except the head. It’s too thin to realize its exists like a light watch on your arm.



If there any emergence or extreme situation happens, such as a marine perils or the Martian Immigrant, the suit could be sealed around the neckband. And the device inside the suit could generate air. In a short time, the suit will become a giant balloon to provide a safe environment.



3D Printing Body Parts Anyone?

Just ran across this article from May again — the human replicator is coming!:

“U.S. biotech startup BioBots sits at the intersection between computer science and chemistry. Its debut product, a desktop 3D printer for biomaterials, which was just demoed on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt NY…Instead of plastic, BioBots’ 3D printer uses a special ink that can be combined with biomaterials and living cells to build 3D living tissue and miniature human organs.”