MIT is investing in the future of making things through a process called “Self-Assembly”. Consider that in the world of natural systems, DNA with three billion base pairs that can replicate in roughly an hour — with far more efficiency than anything we can build, and with virtually no mistakes.
Think of the implications! What if regular geologic phenomena like volcano eruptions, minor earthquake tremors, flash storms, or even falling trees could cause a “Self-assembly” chain reaction to make something useful that is completely natural? Like water pipes that can grow to accommodate more storm run-off, or dynamic sensor networks that acquire the intelligence to respond to a tsunami without human intervention?
Find out more about the MIT Self-Assembly Lab