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September 14, 2009

Where is he?

srikanth @ 10:19 pm, GMT +0000 ( 1252966795 ) Play

What “devices” connect:

Cracked by Advaith , Rogi , shrik , AmK , Debasish , Chinmaya U.Holla , sidsen , Sourya , Logik , prateekbhatt , achyuth and Dibyo

Answer:

  1. Richard Feynman
  2. Robert Heinlein’s Waldoes and Magic Inc

Feynmans “There’s plenty of room at the bottom” speaks of creating devices that are 1/4th our size, which further create devices 1/4th their size and so on till we hit the nano scale. The same concept was, earlier, put forth by Heinlein as what he called “Waldoes”

The name stuck and many remote manipulators, especially those used in the field of science, are called Waldoes :)


17 Responses to “Where is he?”

  1. Advaith

    Feynman’s 1959 talk ‘Theres plenty of room at the bottom’ described machines very similar to the waldoes of Heinleim fame


  2. Rogi
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    Any of a number of scaling and or telepresence technologies from the atom pinhole camera, dextre, etc. back to the basic pantograph.
    I\’m guessing you\’re looking for *Waldoes*, though.


  3. shrik
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    Heinlein (1942) & Feynman (’59) both thought about a crazy recursive way to build nano-systems: Waldoes – a type of remote manipulation device.


  4. AmK
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    “Waldoes”, or remote manipulators, named after a character (Waldo) in a Robert Heinlein novel (2), and also referenced by Feynman (1)


  5. Atom Pinhole camera-Feynman& Heinlein


  6. 1. Richard Feynman
    2. Robert Heinlein’s Waldo and Magic Inc.

    Connect could be – There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom lecture by Feynman in which he suggested stuff about tiny doctors that perform operations inside humans, which has been mentioned by Heinlein in (2)


  7. Chinmaya U.Holla
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    Waldo.


  8. sidsen
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    well the heinlein novel appears to follow a fractal spread ad infinitum, and feynman leads me to the nano level (lot of space at the bottom), so something to do with both.


  9. sidsen
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    googling tells me they are called bush robots. nice question


  10. Sourya

    Waldo is the short story.
    This invention, also called the Waldo F. Jones Synchronous Reduplicating Pantograph, is in use in nascent nuclear power industry.
    Waldo and robot hands circa. 2009; innovation in Canada, John Manley, and the university community

    Shades of Robert Heinlein’s 1943 short story, Waldo, and Richard Feynman’s 1959 talk, There’s plenty of room at the bottom, to the American Physical Society


  11. Feynman’s diagram and book-keeping device.


  12. yuvnesh

    Helicopter


  13. Logik
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    Waldo.

    Feynman’s idea of nanodevices/ telemanipulators was got from Robert Heinlin’s “Waldo”, which is referenced in the title.


  14. prateekbhatt

    waldo


  15. waldos?


  16. Dibyo
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    Waldo by Heinlein came up with the idea of nanotechnology based doctors within bodies. This idea inspired Feynman’s famous nanotech talk.


  17. sidsen
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    i am hoping you take into account bush robots are waldoes and are based on feynmanns nano theory.


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