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Skylar Tibbits:
Can we make things that make themselves?

TED2011 · 6:04 · Filmed Feb 2011
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Skylar Tibbits: Can we make things that make themselves?
6:04 · Filmed February 2011 at TED2011 · Subtitles available in 33 languages

MIT researcher Skylar Tibbits works on self-assembly — the idea that instead of building something (a chair, a skyscraper), we can create materials that build themselves, much the way a strand of DNA zips itself together. It's a big concept at early stages; Tibbits shows us three in-the-lab projects that hint at what a self-assembling future might look like.

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Skylar Tibbits, a TED Fellow, is an artist and computational architect working on "smart" components that can assemble themselves. Full bio
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