The book of the mimicry of the living


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Flexibility + Movement

So squid are flexible. Fine. Cephalopods generally are awesome at bending. My favorite is still watching this octopus escape from a boat.

Isn’t that beautiful and disgusting? This is obviously a wonderful side effect of being able to live in the sea and not have bones. However, this is also obviously not something that generates energy. GPT have explicitly linked the squids flexible skin to the kinetic generation of energy.  Squids (like just about every other animal) eat to gain energy. They aren’t like the stimuloids built by Kang. If you hit them they don’t power up, they just squish. Ignoring that gaping conceptual hole (that flexibility ≠ energy generation), though the architects don’t name this process, they may be referring to piezoelectric generation. This is actually a thing. It is also worth noting that current piezoelectric technology exists in many peoples home, either in the spark-generating device of cheap lighters or in acoustic-electric guitars.

Similarly worth noting is that these applications output tiny levels of power. Piezoelectric generators output power measured in the scale of  MILLIwatts. Anyone who has ever paid an electricity bill for a building should be able to understand that powering a giant skyscraper off piezoelectric would be magnitudes more trouble than it’s worth. It is possible that they are actually referring to magnetic induction via the movement of pistons, though that still seems like a long-shot to me. Seeing as the only information the architects provide is literally:

set in motion a large number of pistons turning mechanical energy into electrical energy

I’m still calling B.S.


Author: davergp

Environmental Geoscience BSc. Environmental Design of Buildings MSc. Bonsai Hobbyist, Woodland Enthusiast, Environ-mentalist.

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