A Quick Guide to Generative Design.

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Foldable chair generated by generative design algorithms

So What is Generative Design?

Generative design is a design process usually using AI to create products faster, by iterating thought thousands of designs a finding the best outcome. Generative design is usually a GAN (Generative Adversarial Network) but other algorthirms include cellular automata, shape grammar, genetic algorthirm and space syntax. In short form a GAN is two adversarial neural networks that compete against each other forcing both networks to get better at their jobs but if you want to read more they is a article Here. …

So what am I talking about A BUG that can what? Am I going crazy? No, I don’t think so. Bugs are usually related to stinky, disgusting things like garbage. So how can they make our world cleaner? Well, it’s actually only one bug. Clanger cicada's natural physical structure can destroy bacteria. Well, it’s wings.

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A Cicada on a piece of wood

So How Does the Wings Kill Bacteria?

The clanger cicada wings kill bacteria using physical properties instead of the usual chemical properties we use to kill bacteria. The wings of the cicada have tiny 200 nanometres (a nanometre is one billion times smaller than a meter) tall nanopillars (nanopillars are tiny cones) that are spaced out on the wing, facing up and in a hexagonal position. The nanopillars tear apart the bacteria cell membrane. The nanopillars are blunt so it doesn’t puncture the bacteria membrane and instead destroys it like if you were to stretch a rubber glove. The glove stretches and gets thinner in the middle and eventually tears. …

A guide on how AI is and will continue to revolutionize the space industry


Current Uses


Space Exploration

Asteroid Detection

Satellites-The Data Crunch


Predicting Hurricanes

Debris Problem

Habitat Building

Potential uses


Reducing Battery Usage

More Potential Uses For AI In Space

Key Takeaways

When you think of AI in space, you probably think of one of these characters.

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C-3PO and R2-D2 from Star Wars Credit: starwars.fandom.com

Before modern computers were even made, science fiction was planting ideas in our brains of AI in space. Unfortunately, the AI we have in space isn’t that cool. Although we do need AI in space because space is a challenging place. Some tasks require extreme precision that humans aren’t capable of achieving.

Satellites produce about 16 images every second that are low quality and can’t be processed as well with regular code. The satellites have poor communication. Satellites make and need to process 150 terabytes of data every day! That data won’t be useful tomorrow. Who would want the weather from yesterday? Also more importantly, if you want better photos or data on the object the satellite is looking at. If you don't process it quickly enough; you will have to wait until the satellite orbits all the way around to get a chance to get the data or photo again. Even worse, you could have missed it because the thing you want has moved or has changed. Even more important - there is an asteroid coming towards the Earth! Unfortunately, the alert was too late and only the billionaires survived and have gone to Mars. That is more important than the weather people! …

8.3 trillion kilograms of plastic waste has been produced. That weight is heavier than 3 billion elephants and only 9% of that plastic was recycled, 12% was incinerated and 79% ended up in the trash, landfills and oceans! Plastic takes 400 years to degrade so all the plastic we’ve produced is still here unless we’ve incinerated it.

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Credit: Tiago Rosado

Benefits of recycling

So why even recycle? First of all, it reduces the amount of waste in landfills, oceans, sent in incinerators and any other waste in other places. Secondly, recycling conserves the earth’s finite resources. Recycling reduces pollution by minimizing the need to collect and make new materials, helps conserve the ecosystems and wildlife, saves energy, creates recycling jobs, slows down climate change by reducing greenhouse gasses and is cheaper than disposing of plastic then making new plastic. …

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No, this is not a new vacuum but it could power 31,500,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 vacuums per second at only 25% efficiency or what energy would be needed to become a Type II civilization on the kardashev scale or about one million years of electricity for our current usage and all that electricity would be green! A Dyson sphere is a solid spherical hypothetical megastructure that can harness almost all the power output from a star by encompassing a star with solar panels or mirrors and it is necessary if we ever want to become an interstellar species. It is so necessary that some astronomers think they might already be Dyson spheres out there already. But a solid Dyson sphere would be brittle and unstable and a Dyson swarm would be cheaper and more stable. So what is a Dyson swarm? A Dyson swarm is similar to a Dyson sphere but doesn’t encompass the star but instead surrounds it with a bunch of tightly packed individual solar panels or mirrors to harness the energy from a star. …

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Firstly, I will be using the Fico score method of calculating credit scores; which is what most lenders will use to calculate your credit score. Also, anyone looking to get a credit card should do more research and compare multiple credit cards from different banks to get the best outcome for your personalized credit card needs.

Credit cards can save you money! But how? I’m glad you asked. Lenders run your credit score to determine how good you are at paying back money and what interest rate they will give you for loans. The higher the credit score you have, the lower the interest rate they will give you for loans, and the more money you save. …


Thomas Lawrence

I’m a curious 16 year old. I’m interested in space, AI and many other things.

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