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The Future of Design – Biomorphics Is Not Just For Specific Functional Behaviors

Technological generations and thus iteration come faster and faster and faster, not because of typical reproductive models but because one designer in Italy and another designer in China and another designer in Greenland can iterate in isolation and have yet still have specific impact on aesthetic output given independent environmental influences. Biomorphic computing is specific to a certain set of functional and behavioral capabilities given environmental influences and inputs that today don’t have a direct impact to the world of design. However combining biomorphic computing with structural-behavioral-functional modeling may signal a radical change in what tools designers have access to in the near future.

We see this in the Design by Analogy to Nature Engine (DANE) System and as enumerated in DANE’s library of about 40 structure–behavior–functions (SBF) from biological systems codified in 2010, and where 20 were purely biological processes. When combined with the 20 basic biomorphic models from the SAPPhIRE system of causality an interesting capability arises. SAPPhIRE was initially created to to describe the structural and functional information of natural and technical / biological systems. More specifically it was created to show evidence based sequencing of physical phenomena that causes “functioning” system to operate. SAPPhIRE essentially emphasizes causal relationships among certain phenomena or processes that guarantee the delivery of a system function. Interestingly this is very similar to Object-Oriented Analysis and Data modeling In the design world and many 3D modeling tools that sprang from the above.What is incredible to note however is how this directly applies to not only the functional capabilities of a desired system output but also how the aesthetic and visual design of specific objects and functional artifacts in an environment given environmental queues can be modified. Biomimicry and systems to which it can be applied have a capability far greater than just an biological output to achieved ( eg. Robotic arm manipulation ) where specific design directions can directly spring from initial states ( quick sketches ) and which directly effect the ROI of a firm can emerge. Translation: design one object by simple sketching curves and specifying materials and finishes and with a

biomorphic design engine connected to a 3D modeling system alter the entire design of ALL the objects in a room or system automatically to match the prevailing new sketches created. It’s much closer than we think.

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