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Rebuilding Ukraine: 3D Printing and the Metaverse Could Help Create the Cities of Tomorrow

If you’re like me, it’s difficult to focus on work given what’s going on in Ukraine. I’m afraid Doom Scrolling has become far too addictive for many of us. But while the pain and suffering we are seeing is clearly tragic, the result could be a far more powerful Ukraine funded by captured Russian funds.

This week is Nvidia’s GTC conference. The show focuses on the Metaverse and the widespread application of AI technology.

Last week I met with Apis Kor, one of the winners of NASA’s autonomous construction on the moon competition. The technology it has developed to build structures on the moon could be adapted to quickly build structures on Earth.

At some point the war in Ukraine will end. These technologies could help Ukrainian cities become wonders of the world in terms of adapting and using technologies focused on creating a better life for Ukrainians who want to return home after the war is over.

Let’s talk about how the Metaverse, AI and large-scale 3D printing could turn a post-war Ukraine into one of the new wonders of the world, using the technology developed to create the first lunar base.

As always, we end with my product of the week: my favorite home-use ThinkPad from Lenovo’s freshly refreshed ThinkPad range.

The Metaverse

A lot of people seem to think that the metaverse is a scam and that eventually people will find out and move on to the next fake, sparkly thing.

Many thought the same about the internet. I understand that part of the problem is those exaggerating where the Metaverse is and suggesting that it will replace the internet. It could, but that outcome is in doubt in the short term.

Like the Internet in the days of AOL and CompuServe, the Metaverse is less one thing and more a collection of things that are currently largely unconnected. It’s a simulation of parts of the world, and these simulations come in three main areas: online games, training simulations (both human and AI), and simulations of things like office buildings and factories, where companies optimize the structure and at the same time the number of change orders during the creation process.

At GTC, Nvidia will be speaking about Earth-2, its global simulation to combat climate change and forecast the weather more accurately. But this will be a simulation, so it could also create variants to show how changing large areas of human development could have a positive impact on the environment.

If the project started with Ukraine, Earth-2 could provide that country with a blueprint to create safer, more sustainable, and more responsible cities of the future. We could explore concepts like arcologies that would be far less vulnerable to weather events, pandemics, or attackers.

In short, they could build a virtual Ukrainian utopia and give access to the displaced citizens of that country so that they can experience the future, gain hope for that future, and provide feedback so that once construction begins, a better future is much more likely.

AI support

Another big part of Nvidia’s GTC is the AI, which if used correctly will enhance human effort by offering a force multiplier where a worker, aided by one or more AIs, can do far more than before.

Applied to Ukraine, AIs could model more advanced public transportation, streets where electric cars charge while being driven by an AI, and automated defense capabilities that would more aggressively protect Ukrainian assets and citizens from attack.

These AIs could help ensure the optimal use of resources, avoid waste and provide a decision support structure that ensures that those future decisions are increasingly informed and lead to positive outcomes.

Given the right timing, Ukraine could become a showcase for how AI technology can be used to create a better, safer and more sustainable world for its citizens – and a world more resilient to foreign attacks. Of course, this would come with the potential to do much of the AI ​​development and manufacturing in-country.

3D building

As I mentioned earlier, last week I met with Apis Cor, one of the top performers in NASA’s competition for Building a lunar base.

3D printed buildings require a fraction of the work, can be erected in a fraction of the time, and are more resilient to most types of damage than traditional buildings.

The lunar effort is unique in that the plan is to build the lunar base autonomously.

The concepts look fantastic on Mars too.

On a large scale, this autonomous capability could be used to quickly build refugee structures that could better protect their residents, and eventually rebuild Ukraine to scale from small houses to multi-story buildings.

It is interesting to note that China is currently the leader in this technology and currently has a significant lead. But the need to quickly rebuild Ukraine could allow that country with significant foreign investment to grow to challenge China’s leadership or, depending on how China works (or not) with Russia, works with China to get its country back build up.

Ukraine could emerge as one of, if not the, western leaders in 3D printing and a standing example of how well this technology works at full scale.

Wrap up

The tragedy in Ukraine creates a unique, short-term opportunity to show how the new technologies driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution can be combined to create a better world.

Using the metaverse, these technologies could create and enhance a future vision for Ukraine, funded by confiscated Russian funds to transform the country into a showcase for technology and advancement.

Nvidia and companies like Apis Cor could show how to better respond to disasters, house refugees, and apply AI and 3D printing to develop a vision of tomorrow’s country into today’s Ukraine.

As the cloud of war covers Ukraine today, once that cloud lifts, the sun could quickly shine upon a renewed country, showing the best of what is to come for the rest of us. At least that’s the result I’m hoping for.

Lenovo ThinkPad L15 Gen 3 AMD

The ThinkPad brand is one of the strongest in the technology market. It switched from IBM to Lenovo when Lenovo bought PC company IBM years ago. It combines classic notebook design with advanced technologies geared towards productivity.

ThinkPads are not gaming laptops and never will be. But when it comes to work, their sturdiness and most importantly their keyboard make them stand out from the class. Last week Lenovo announced a brand new one ThinkPad line. While my personal favorite is the X1, I now go to the 15″ AMD-based L15.

The L15 AMD configuration (with integrated Radeon graphics) offers the best balance between price, performance and screen size. Designed for those still hoping to work mostly from home, it does one of the best jobs, bringing leading-edge technologies like sustainable materials (EPEAT Gold Certified), Wi-Fi 6E, 4G Cat16, and Dolby Audio/Voice in a rugged Balancing product with class – Leading battery life.

Lenovo ThinkPad L15 Gen 3 AMD

The Lenovo ThinkPad L15 Gen 3 AMD laptop is slated to be available in April 2022 with prices starting at $869.
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This latest generation includes touch display options, 2x array microphones, a better camera for video conferencing, improved noise cancellation, Windows 11 and advances in ThinkShield security features; coupled with computer vision technology that helps protect the laptop when you’re not around.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon should start under $1,500 when it launches later in the year. But until then, the Lenovo L15 AMD is the pinnacle of home business PCs – and my product of the week.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ECT News Network.

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