Whatever people think about the rapid pace of technological change in the past, the fundamental arrangement of materials on the planet has not radically altered. There are living things that we call life, and there are non-living stuff which we call rocks, tools, buildings and so on. As a result of our greater understanding of matter, this distinction is now becoming blurred and is likely to usher in a new materials age: bionic people with synthetic organs, bones and even brains will be the norm.
Just as we become more synthetic, so our man-made environment will change to become more lifelike, living buildings, and objects that heal themselves are becoming a reality. This lecture will feature Mark Miodownik, Professor of Materials & Society, University College London using his current EPSRC funded projects as case studies to examine the issues of bridging this gap between animate and inanimate materials.
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