Shape Shifting Robots and Programmable "Digital Matter", are
programmable machines that can do unlimited tasks in the physical world, the
world of matter. Load the right software
and the same "machines" can vacuum
the carpet, paint your car, or construct an office building and later, wash
that building's windows. This is the beginning of "Digital Matter".
Shape Shifting Robots look like "Rubic's Cubes" that can
"slide" over each other on command, changing and moving in any
overall shape desired for a particular task. These cubes communicate with
each other and share power
through simple internal induction coils (or surface contacts in some models),
have batteries, a small computer and various kinds of internal magnetic and
electric inductive motors (depending on size) used to move over other cubes.
When sufficiently miniaturized (below 0.1mm) and fabricated using photolithography and E-Beam methods, the
machines may exceed human manual dexterity and could then be programmed to
assemble complex fractal
or even to maintain the photolithographic and E-Beam equipment itself! The
ultimate goal is self sustaining systems
and "self-assembly" features that can drop
cost dramatically and enable successive generations
of robots exhibiting greater utility and value, to be built along the way.