Re: MISC: Morphing

Anders Sandberg (
Mon, 30 Dec 1996 23:28:54 +0100 (MET)

On Mon, 30 Dec 1996, Guru George wrote:

> A possibility that occurred to me recently was that with advanced
> nanotechnology we may be able to actually morph our bodies in much the
> same way as computers can morph images.
> Does anyone who knows about the technology think this might be feasible
> in the future?

Yes, within some limits. The idea of 'Utility Fog' or Forresti Bishop's
sliding mesoscale robotics seem ideal for this kind of thing - a lot of tiny
units that can move around. Writing the software is going to be a real
adventure of course, and there are limits to structural strength, morphing
speed and what shapes can be achieved, but it seems to be rather general. A
fog morph (a nimbomorph?) would be quite light and might blow away in a
breeze. Nanotech is a must, but other than that it is just very complex
system engineering.

This is probably the kind of body I would choose as my physical
representation; I could never decide on any single bodily shape...

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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