Analog phone calls degraded with distance; we now have the Internet. Analog computations degraded with time; we now have PCs. But today's most advanced manufacturing processes, whether additive or subtractive, remain analog because the materials themselves don't contain information. Prof. Neil Gershenfeld, Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, will present research on digital materials, and discuss its implications for the future of making things.
Beyond his many publications and patents, MIT Professor Neil Gershenfeld is the author of the books Fab and When Things Start To Think, and the technical texts The Nature of Mathematical Modeling and The Physics of Information Technology. His work has been featured by the White House and Smithsonian Institution in their Millennium celebrations, he has been the subject of print, radio, and TV programs in media including the New York Times, The Economist, CNN, and PBS, and has been selected as one of the top 100 public intellectuals.