The "Woods" Series was established
by a generous gift from the estate of J. James Woods. The goal of
the Woods bequest is to bring prominent mathematicians and
scientists to Butler University in order to speak on theories at
the frontier of their disciplines, as well as on related
technologies and other issues of public concern.
The 2014-2015 Season is announced! See our entire
2014-2015 Woods Series Schedule.
A 4D Future
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 - 7:30 p.m., Reilly
3D printing has grown in
sophistication since the late 1970s. TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits is
shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing: where the
fourth dimension is time. This emerging technology will allow us to
print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over
time. Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a
printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract.
In this keynote, Tibbits explains how we are now able to program
nearly everything-from bits of DNA, proteins, cells, and
proto-cells; to products, architecture, and infrastructure.
Programmability and computing are becoming ubiquitous across scales
and disciplines. Tibbits shows us how soon these small-scale
technologies will translate into solutions for large-scale
applications-and what it means for your industry.
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