The big news last month in home construction was of the 400 square-foot (38 m²) house built by a 3D printer in Russia. The companies Apis Cor and PIK say the house was meant “to demonstrate the flexibility of equipment and diversity of available forms”.
What this means is that it could help not only the typical builder but also builders off-planet and the tiny house movement.
Surprisingly (to me), using 3D printers to quickly construct buildings is years old. Yingchuang New Materials Inc in China printed ten buildings in a single day, and they used recycled materials, inspiring an extra boost of optimism that our descendants won’t all live within giant trash heaps.
The lines between human and machine continue to blur, perhaps at a faster rate than during any time in the evolution of Homo sapiens. While technological developments make androids and algorithms more humanlike, they’re also bringing more artificial parts into humans.
Here’s an intimate look at some recent developments.
What do you notice about someone close to you?
F.A.C.E. is an expressive android, used as”an emotion conveying system” with a perfect smile.
Not everyone can return your gaze (if you’re able-sighted), but that might change in the near future with the help of bionic eyes.
In one of the first passages I wrote for my current novel-in-progress, Aaron Stallard surprises Lexington Amis with a new outfit.
The shirt unfolded into a collaboration of silky red strips held together by straps of matching black leather. Was it actually a shirt? Lexi flipped the pieces around several times until they resembled one. Someone had confidence in his intelligence.This garment was a puzzle.
Even while writing this, I wondered about its relevance. Why did Aaron choose this shirt? Where did he get it? These questions immediately birthed a new character, a fashion designer who shows up a few times later in the story.
That got me wondering more about what high-end fashion might look like 70 years in our future. What will it look like seven years from now?
Fashion designers are already incorporating what looks like futuristic technology into their designs.
Creator Anouk Wipprecht is “Rethinking Fashion in the Age of Digitalisation” with designs that include the skeletal Spider Dress (featured here), the Smoke Dress that surrounds its wearer in fog, and Living Pods, interactive flowery bots.
What we can look forward to, apparently, are clothing and accessories that interact with us and our environment for entertainment, decoration, and protection.
By the way, I wasn’t the first to imagine puzzling garments that serve more than one purpose. My fictional fashion designer was kinder on Lexi’s post-partying head than the incredibly imaginative Hussein Chalayan might have been.