HOPE X (2014): "A Sea of Parts" (Download)
Saturday, July 19, 2014: 8:00 pm (Olson): Have you heard of Self Re-Configuring Modular Robotics (SRCMR)? This new technology enables robotic modules to configure themselves into whatever you need, whenever you need it, which offers many benefits. If we could create a common pool that modules can be drawn from when they are needed and returned to when they are not, we could further leverage the benefits of SRCMR. The challenge is that the pool is not intrinsic to an SRCMR system; we need to create it. We need a new understanding of our common resources and an acceptance for sharing them. If we can create the pool or "a sea of parts," it will bring the same benefits to physical systems that shared web hosting has brought to the web. This will allow quick and cheap development and deployment of new ideas.