- File Size: 11645 KB
- Print Length: 103 pages
- Publisher: TED Conferences (February 10, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 10, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ICXN3VA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,789 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Super Cells: Building with Biology (TED Books Book 41) Kindle Edition
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Part `history of', part `how to', and a good portion hype, Super Cells ~ Building With Biology, by Nina Tandon and Mitchell Joachim, is a fascinating, inspiring, and not-infrequently self-promoting/congratulating celebration of the "collision of Biology, Design and Digital Fabrication."
The book heralds a new movement referred to as bio-design (or biodesign) in which diverse designers appropriate the tools and methods of bio-engineering as well as a relatively new scientific discipline called synthetic biology (note: synthetic biology seeks to synthetically replicate cellular and biological processes and mechanisms for human ends) to ostensibly "transform" the whole of modern society and culture.
Biodesign, according to co-author and architect Mitchell Joachim, is the "cure for affluenza" and, in the long evolutionary path of human society, "is the next step toward a resilient harmony where human kind and Nature seamlessly blend."
Taking us from Medicine (focusing on tissue engineering -- the most practical and valuable use for such super cells) and Architecture to Fashion, Food and Art/Entertainment, Super Cells -- a TED Book -- is replete with momentous declarations like "The time of building with living cells has arrived"(!) and generous pepperings of techno-hep buzz phrases like "disruptive technology" and "paradigm shift", along with a plethora of bio-techno neologisms and eco-ethical sentiments.
For those living without the Internet for the past half dozen years, the annual TED (which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design) conference has spawned innumerable `TED talk" videos - known for their provocative topics, cool visuals, and often over-hyped achievements and speculative predictions - and, more recently, TED eBooks.
Super Cells, at a mere 72 pages in length (PDF version), is none-the-less rich with "super" cellular experiments and explorations inspired by this new bio-aesthetic. The book is comprised of six chapters covering the spectrum of biodesign endeavors and innovations: 1] Medicine: Living Devices, 2] Architecture: Grow a Home, 3] Fashion: Cellular Atelier, 4] Food: Ranch in a Lab, 5] Art: Cellular Muses, 6] Entertainment: Biotic Games.
Chapters 2 and 5 are written by Joachim, the remainder by Tandon. The two styles of writing generally work well enough (like inter-woven branches, one being a bit thicker) with Tandon's writing being a more technical and serious sounding, and Joachim's writing being a bit more fluid and "arty". The ebook's introduction is a tad unpolished but manages to lay out the basic ideas of the book - enjoining the reader to "imagine the possibilities"...and lists "self-healing bridges, plentiful human body parts, high-tech fabrics..." as just a sampling of the marvels awaiting us in this brave, new, bio-designed world. It almost sounds utopian. Indeed, a barely restrained eco-techno-utopianism pervades most of the content of the book.