SOME OF MY best friends build their environment around themselves. Some can build their technology to suit their purposes. People have been building machines inspired by living things since Icarus. Robert Frenay, a former contributing editor to Audubon magazine, thinks that the rise of a "new biology"--systems and machines that work like living things--places us "at the brink of a historic transformation".
On the run-up to the next academic term, we will podcast excerpts from Pulse, a book that hauls readers through a sweeping survey of the ways in which biological concepts are influencing nanotechnology and material science, robotics, computer science, agriculture, community planning, economics and other fields. Freney builds a case that the new biology will fundamentally change human culture.
In its sustainable rural development and mass communications modules, Tipperary Institute teaches that the global economy and the communities and business organisms that populate it constitute an ecosystem out of whack. This conclusion is leading me towards wood pellets replacing my heating oil at home. And there are several other things I do during the week that are unsustainable actions. Pulse makes this message more articulately than I can express, so I'm reading it and podcasting some extracts from it.
Robert Freney -- Pulse : The Coming Age of Systems and Machines Inspired by Living Things ISBN 0374113270