Final Blog Prompt - Kahn Vs. Gershenfeld
In Gershenfeld's article titled "FAB", he talks about how studnets of his class "How to Make (almost) Anything" at MIT begin to make personal fabricators (PFs). Orginially it was a class designed for 10 students but on the first day, nearly 100 students showed up saying that they wanted to take part in it. Throughout the semester, the students worked on making PFs in order to create things that they always wondered why they weren't invented. PFs are machines that make machines basically. They take the smallest forms of matter to make actual 3D objects. It is somewhat like a printer, only instead of using ink, it is made of different materials to account for the new objects. Gershenfeld stresses that PFs will soon be available to the normal person, much like how computers were once only at large businesses and are now in households everywhere.
"Silence and Light" from the Kahn collection was a much more challenging read. It was very confusing throughout the entire article. What I got out of it is that Kahn looks at things in ways that other people normally dont. The main point of the reading is that light is what makes everything. Materials are spent light, and shadows are made by what light has already made, so shadows belong to the light. He goes on to say later that silence really isnt that silent, and that it is just "lightless" or "darkless", words that he just made up. Also, he explains that even in a room that is meant to be dark, there must be a small amount of light to tell how dark it truly is. Everything has an order, and it all originates from light.
It's tough to tell how they relate because they are both two completely different articles, and on top of that the Kahn article is extremely confusing. But if in any way they related, they both talk about new things being made from an orgininal source. They also talk about microbes and how they are present in objects, and help to design new objects. In the end, light is like a PF because they create new objects, eventually being able to reproduce themselves.
(Sorry this was late, it's been hectic lately with everything being due)