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"One day if we understand how to program [living organisms,] we can encode things beyond software—we could encode materiality" says Carey. "That’s already happening in nature, but we have no idea how to do that ourselves."Intriguingly, objects made from living organisms could have unique properties that go beyond their mode of manufacture. In this conception, the bacteria used to grow the cup include some that are an aid to digestion. In other words, probiotics. Embedded in the original culture from which it was grown, and therefore the walls of the cup, the same beasties that give yogurt its healthful punch would leach into water poured into the vessel.

"One day if we understand how to program [living organisms,] we can encode things beyond software—we could encode materiality" says Carey. "That’s already happening in nature, but we have no idea how to do that ourselves."

Intriguingly, objects made from living organisms could have unique properties that go beyond their mode of manufacture. In this conception, the bacteria used to grow the cup include some that are an aid to digestion. In other words, probiotics. Embedded in the original culture from which it was grown, and therefore the walls of the cup, the same beasties that give yogurt its healthful punch would leach into water poured into the vessel.


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posted on November 2, 2012

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    Maybe cups that heal themselves when they get cracked?
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Source: Fast Company