Atoms to Bits and back again

7 Responses to Atoms to Bits and back again

  1. This is a really interesting proposal. Could this work (with or without 3D printing) to show how archaeological sites are found when first excavated since they will never be the same post-excavation? This would allow future historians to spatially re-analyze sites.

  2. Michelle,
    What a great idea. Too often we focus on the project and forget to document how we got from today to those artifacts or locatios of the past. I’m sure there are other similar examples. Jeremy’s Workshops will deal with physical; why dont we spend time exploring possibilities? And precedences, analogs, metaphors, and consequences.

  3. This past Saturday I attended aSmithsonian conference, “The Future is Here”. A paleontologist presented a talk about using 3D scanners and other data collectors in Chile. They had located remains of more than 40 fossilized whales, but only 30 days on site. They didn’t scan all, but were able to preserve them. Meanwhile the scanned one can be printed to scale from 100% to as small as 10% or less which are easier to schlepp around for talks and pitreach or research.

  4. We have talked about incorporating 3D printing at our museum, but haven’t done it. Like you mention, I question how one represents ideas like liberty and freedom in a physical object. It could make for some very creative programming, I imagine.