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Hello! I'm Aisen Caro Chacin, my curiosity led me to research the intersecting fields of art, science, and technology driven by conceptual forms of inquiry and design thinking resulting in functional prototypes. I'm looking forward to seeing your ideas materialize. My inbox is always open.. so say "Hello!".

BBC Discovery Podcast

This is a wonderfully diverse podcast from the BBC that features some very intriguing questions about the world.   You can download them and listen to them in your commutes, and travel while you get inspired learning new interesting facts about our bodies and our minds.

Here are a few that I recommend you listen to:


Build Me a Brain 01 Jul 13


Roland Pease meets scientists in the UK and the US who are hoping to connect cultures of living human neurons to robots to understand how the mind works.

Quorum Sensing 08 Jul 13

Bacteria need to talk to each other to cause disease. The bugs coordinate their assaults on use with a communication system known as quorum sensing. Geoff Watts explores whether we can stop their virulent chatter to prevent the looming antibiotic resistance crisis – the global phenomenon which threatens to leave us defenceless against bacteria infections.

Gut Microbiota 25 Nov 13

Adam Hart discovers the role gut microbes play in our health and development, and asks if we should consider ourselves an ecosystem rather than an individual?

Self-Healing Materials 09 Dec 13

Quentin Cooper takes a look at the new materials that can mend themselves, from bacteria in concrete which excrete lime to fill cracks, to car paint that heals its own scratches.

Hack My Hearing 10 Mar 14

Aged 32, science writer Frank Swain is losing his hearing. But could he hack his hearing aid to give him supersenses?

Fructose: the Bittersweet Sugar 17 Mar 14

Dr Mark Porter asks is fructose a “toxic additive” or a healthy fruit sugar?

Next Class: March 20

Dear Students,

This is a reminder that we will be having individual meetings next class, March 20th,  to review your progress throughout the class thus far.
You should all have the following posts for our meeting:
  •  Introduction post
  • Profile Image
Group posts: (all groups need to have the following posts)
  • Initial Proposal
  • Inspiration and Precedence
  • Project Progress Update
I hope that you are all doing well, and remember that you can reach out to me if you have any questions or need help.

Neuromorphic Atomic Switch Networks

Neuromorphic Atomic Switch Networks:


Self-organization and Emergence of Dynamical Structures in Neuromorphic Atomic Switch Networks:

Some of  the research done at CNSI UCLA where Adam Z. StiegAudrius V. Avizienis, and James K. Gimzewski are working on simulating neuronal networks with nano silver strands.

Full Profile:

Next Class + Precedent Sharing


I hope that you have been having a good week, and  that your prototypes are coming along. Remember that you must have a breadboarded circuit for next class, as we will be having the circuitry design intro next class. Be prepared by downloading Fritzing or EagleCAD depending on your level of intricateness you might opt for the latter.

Start searching and please share other precedents, and interesting work, that you have come across that  informs your personal or any other parallel project that is being developed in class.  Add an image of the precedent, a short description, and a link to the original page. Also, for those of you that need a copy of The Body Electric :