Redmond – The release this morning of version 3.0 of OctInteriors was a little bit of let down. Yes, it did correct most of the issues associated with Instant Room Reconfiguration (IRR). The new Interior Design Processor has eliminated the embarrassing furniture jumbles that occurred in release 2.0 from not correctly disassembling replaced room furniture before new items were generated. But, when we tested IRR on transforming an Italian marble floor into a hardwood floor, the transformation took almost two minutes. We also noted several blemishes in the finish that had to be corrected using Spot Reconfiguration (we intentionally left a few dog chew toys on the floor during the test). Spot Reconfiguration took us another minute – not exactly instant!
But, if we turn back the clock forty years to when J. Storrs Hall wrote his pioneering paper “Utility Fog: The Stuff that Dreams Are Made Of” (7) in 1993 it looks like version 3.0 comes pretty close to matching that dream. The idea that we can replace all interior design elements – floor covering, wall covering, furniture, draperies, bedding, everything – with an army of quadrillions of programmable nanobots the size of human cells would have struck 20th century designers as lunacy. But that’s exactly what we’ve done with these tiny nanobots nicknamed – octlets. And we still aren’t satisfied with the programming interface are we? Of course OctInteriors is named for the strong octet truss structure that these tiny nanobots form when they join arms. The octet crystal structure was invented by technology visionary Buckminster Fuller in the mid 20th century before these structures had been observed in nature.
What’s next? The long anticipated release 3.0 of OctExteriors is planned in time for this year’s holiday shopping season. And, for the first time, both OctInteriors and OctExteriors will work with the same programmable octlets – no more customized octlets! Early rumors suggest that an entire 2,400 square foot home can be assembled in less than eight minutes.
7. Hall, J. Storrs. Utility Fog: The Stuff that Dreams Are Made Of. Kurzweil AI Website. [Online] Kurzweil AI, 1993. [Cited: October 29, 2010.] http://www.kurzweilai.net/utility-fog-the-stuff-that-dreams-are-made-of.