ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Utility Fog and Its Aspects In Urbanization

Updated on October 29, 2015
A Foglet
A Foglet
 Basic Foglet Structure
Basic Foglet Structure
Microscopic View Of Utility Fog
Microscopic View Of Utility Fog

Utility Fog is a promising solution for rapid urbanization

UTILITY FOG

Growth of Industries has contributed to the growth of urbanization and rise of cities and towns. Urbanization has created enormous social, economic and environmental changes, which provides an opportunity for sustainability with the potential to use resources more efficiently, to create more sustainable land use and to protect the biodiversity of natural ecosystems. But with the rapid urbanization this concept of sustainability and efficient use of our resources and land is rather proving to be a hoax. The increasing urban population has posed a serious threat to land usability thus presenting a major challenge for the nations who are least prepared to meet the inevitable strains of urban growth. If this continues with increasing land pressure per square meter, depleting natural habitat and forest resources ,it may result to an irreversible chain reaction which can ultimately lead to the major factor for the extinction of human race from the face of the planet.

In 1993 Dr . John Storrs Hall came up with the unique concept of Utility Fog ,which was believed to be the unique solution for the sustainable use of land space. Hall first thought of it as a nanotechnological replacement for car seatbelts. The robots would be microscopic, with extending arms reaching in several different directions, and could perform three-dimensional lattice reconfiguration. Grabbers at the ends of the arms would allow the robots (or foglets) to mechanically link to one another and share both information and energy, enabling them to act as a continuous substance with mechanical and optical properties that could be varied over a wide range. Each foglet would have substantial computing power, and would be able to communicate with its neighbors. While the foglets would be micro-scale, construction of the foglets would require full molecular nanotechnology. Hall suggests that each bot may be in the shape of a dodecahedron with 12 arms extending outwards. Each arm would have four degrees of freedom. The foglets' bodies would be made of aluminum oxide rather than combustible diamond to avoid creating a fuel air explosive.

The Utility Fog is a very simple extension of the idea: Suppose, instead of building the object you want atom by atom , the tiny robots linked their arms together to form a solid mass in the shape of the object you wanted. Imagine a microscopic robot. It has a body about the size of a human cell and 12 arms sticking out in all directions. A bucketfull of such robots might form a 'robot crystal' by linking their arms up into a lattice structure. Now take a room, with people, furniture, and other objects in it -- it's still mostly empty air. Fill the air completely full of robots. The robots are called Foglets and the substance they form is Utility Fog, which may have many useful medical applications. And when a number of utility foglets hold hands with their neighbors, they form a reconfigurable array of 'smart matter’.

With the help of Utility fog construction of buildings and structures for living would be much more easier. Moreover , 'utility clouds' of microscopic robots could assemble themselves into entire buildings and them disassemble just as easily. Imagine a cloud of countless microscopic robots which can be rearranged virtually any configuration nearly instantaneously .Buildings could be constructed as necessary, and disassembled when space was needed for something else. Picture your house disassembling when you are leaving in the morning for work so that the space can be used for something else!

This proves to be a promising concept to help in controlling the increasing land pressure and proper use of land space with easy handling of global urbanization in one hand, keeping a sustainable equilibrium between biodiversities.

Utility Fog robots (foglets ) also have various multiple applications including medical, agricultural and economical aspects . Foglets can be used to form artificial clouds in agricultural and drought struck regions. In field of Medical Science,they can be introduced into human body to get rid of toxic and pathogenic agents. This concept has been named as Transhumanism which believes in creating human body with both biological and mechanical components from inside thus, enhancing our physiological abilities. Utility fog will also lead to rapid economical growth of a nation.

With increased urbanization and globalization these nanorobots will become necessity for the human society for the survival and will form the root of civilization.

What more can be a better utilization of nanotechnology in our day to day life?

Future Technologies and their Possible Impacts: Utility Fog

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      raman v kumar 

      2 years ago

      Can any one provide the status of the 'Foglet' research advancement as of now?

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)