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Technology Seminar: Digital Fabrication by Neil Gershenfeld, MIT Center for Bits and Atoms

Neil Gershenfeld, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Bits and Atoms, gave a seminar on digital fabrication in Bldg 3 on June 6, 2012.

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Abstract: Computer-controlled manufacturing has been around for decades, but the information resides in the machine rather than the parts produced. Analogous to the earlier digital revolutions in communications and computation, I will present principles to embody codes in the construction of digital materials, and discuss applications from nanoassembly to geoprinting.

Prof. Neil Gershenfeld is the Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms. His unique laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from creating molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments. Technology from his lab has been seen and used in settings including New York's Museum of Modern Art and rural Indian villages, the White House and the World Economic Forum, inner-city community centers and automobile safety systems, Las Vegas shows and Sami herds. He is the author of numerous technical publications, patents, and books including Fab, When Things Start To Think, The Nature of Mathematical Modeling, and The Physics of Information Technology, and has been featured in media such as The New York Times, The Economist, and the McNeil/Lehrer News Hour. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, has been named one of Scientific American's 50 leaders in science and technology, as one of 40 Modern-Day Leonardos by the Museum of Science and Industry, has been selected as a CNN/Time/Fortune Principal Voice, and by Prospect/Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 public intellectuals. Dr. Gershenfeld has a BA in Physics with High Honors and an honorary Doctor of Science from Swarthmore College, a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University, was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows, and a member of the research staff at Bell Labs.