Can we create nature ?

The Idea

Imitation Game

With the advent of computers, people began to ask an important question:

Can an object be explicitly constructed by humans such that it seems to possess intelligence?

In 1950, Alan Turing proposed a way of testing this question now called the Turing Test, or the Imitation Game as he named it. While Turing's question is profound, it can be seen as part of a larger question.

Synthetic Reality

Large scale computational power is driving a profound new wave of technologies and capabilities that Turing could have only imagined.

3D scanning and data collection from the physical world, complex multiphysics simulation and additive manufacturing, are allowing us to construct objects of unprecedented complexity and quality rivaling that of natural systems.

Physical 'Turing Test'

As advanced modeling technologies continue to make significant strides toward ever increasing control over design, manufacturing and creation processes, there is a new question to consider:

Can an object be explicitly designed and fabricated by humans that seems to be naturally grown and/or expresses properties and complexity only found in naturally produced objects?

We Are Doing It Again!

Selected Designs

San Diego, December 14-15 @ Inside 3D Printing

At the event, 13 of the selected designs were on display, along with 5 natural objects. By visual examination only, participants were asked which items were human made, and which were nature made. Click on each object for more information about the design and designer, included more photos/videos.

The survey results are listed under each design:

Human Made
Nature Made

Peter Freid, The Blaschka Squid
73% Human
Seth Astle, The Sphere
38% Human
62% Nature
Evan Kuester, Vascular Tree
47% Human
53% Nature
Andy Lomas, Cellular Form
57% Human
43% Nature
Marco Teran, Alligator Skull
51% Human
49% Nature
Turlif Vilbrandt, Buggy Lamp
54% Human
46% Nature
Uformia, Kelp Column
63% Human
37% Nature
Mathieu Sanchez, This is not a Dog
50% Human
50% Nature
Ross Stevens, Metaglob
47% Human
53% Nature
Andrew Werby, Fircactyambar
61% Human
39% Nature
Ross Stevens, Lissom
41% Human
59% Nature
Andrew Werby, Crojastamas
63% Human
37% Nature
Organovo, Liver Tissue
31% Human
69% Nature
Mark Wilson, Chromatose (Honorable Mention)

Natural Objects

The survey results from the 5 natural objects.

Cactus Fiber
74% Nature
46% Human
54% Nature
88% Nature
Ice Jade
93% Nature
87% Nature

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