Smart Dust & Nano Tech
Sketches conceptualizing microscopic technologies such as smart dust and nano-machines.
Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)
This composition shows structures overlaid with geometric data in an attempt to make it more readable to the viewer. I am attempting to strike a balance between physical representation and conceptual imagery, so that the image can be interpreted not literally but as a kind of visual metaphor for some element or concept which it describes. This piece investigates the structural relationship of these tiny interconnected machines. Whether for kinetic means, or other technological expression, I am curious how the will machine manifest and what it might look like. At a small enough scale, when does a machine stop looking like our conventional definition, and start to resemble an organism?
Sketch 2 (1,500 characters)
This design shows a kind of lattice structure with a complex path of interconnected nodes. Rather than describing the physical shape of the machine, this visualization conceptualizes a kind of nervous system made up of similar parts. Interoperability and reconfiguration are concepts I want to explore in my visual analysis as I produce more work on this subject.
What have you learned through this sketching process? (1,000 characters)
Through exploring these concepts I have been exposed to new ideas, which have inspired further concepts. I intend to continue to digest the current state of this technology, as well as future proposals that might hint at where this space is headed. In the case of miniature machines which humans cannot generally perceive, it seems important to convey not just the mechanics but the potential utility of this tech in various applications. As it relates to cyber/real world security, this topic seems rife with potential problems and vulnerabilities that will become increasingly relevant as this technology matures.
Tell us more about you. (1,000 characters)
I am a visual artist with a focus on 3D modelling and animation, as well as a software/game developer. Currently I work as a Technical Artist for a startup in the AR space, and on the side I create visual art and mobile games.
Why are you participating in this Challenge? (750 characters)
I saw this challenge posted on social media, and since I have been working on a series of pieces exploring the concepts of smart dust and nano machines this seemed like a good opportunity to get some constructive feedback. I am interested in the chance to iterate on this idea while being informed by experts. It seems that often technology is created ahead of the social conversation around it, in the case of these proposed concepts- there is an interesting opportunity to produce visuals that compel conversation from experts which precede the maturing of these technologies.
What is your experience with the field of cybersecurity?
I have never worked in cybersecurity before but am excited to learn more and get involved.
What best describes you?
I’m a professional visual creator affiliated with an organization.
How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?
OpenIDEO email / social media
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