Biomimetic file 213: The Dark Principle

How observing influences can reveal hidden business behaviors

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A *black hole is a region of Space-time exhibiting such strong gravitational effects that nothing—not even particles and electromagnetic radiation such as light—can escape from inside it.

Highlight: “Gravity plays an important part in motion and researchers have developed complex dynamic systems to sense gravitational variations in order to develop better moving robots…the sensors were develop by studying receptive organs of various species…”

Insight: Black holes* were discovered not by direct observation but rather anomalies surrounding them. Because of the nature of black holes with such strong gravitational forces that they even trap light coming out of them, they cannot be observed with conventional instruments (light analysis). Instead, astrophysicists have discovered anomalies in the paths of objects surrounding them (planets, asteroids, comets….) and by studying these gravitational anomalies they were able to deduct the presence of black holes without seeing them and forge subsequent theories….

The discovery of black holes is inspirational when it comes to business: interacting directly with the concern subject (e.g. a business or person) to find clues will always be subject to obstacles (lies, hides, traps…). However, looking around for clues is more likely to reveal the true nature of a business or person.

Lets illustrate the above point with the following case study: A reputable Law firm is looking for its new high profile hire, after months of search they have shortlisted 5 candidates for rounds of face to face interviews. After three rounds one candidate stands out, he presents himself flawlessly, has been answering all questions spot-on and has a nice personality which all four members of the selection panel like. While in the final discussion on whether to hire him 3 of the judges straight away give their approval but the last one is a bit more cautious and raises the question on whether any one has investigated further besides the standard company checks on aspects such as education or companies previously worked for. The answer is negative and, as all four members need to agree, they decide to do a final check by investigating his surroundings. While at first glance everything seems fine, one member finds a post on the internet regarding a possible police case involving this person an his neighbors. According to the the newspaper article this person had been harassing his neighbors for years voluntarily making noises late at night to keep them on the hedge due to a personal conflict with them. After checking the facts with the police office which dealt with the case they find out from the officer in charge that this person was diagnosed with a psychological disorder and has a clear tendency for aggressive behavior when faced with outcomes that does not meet his expectations. The conclusion the panel draws is that this person, despite meeting all other requirements, is a high risk hire due to his potential aggressive reactions to a stressful work environment. They decide to hire someone else…

Are you in the doubt about a company or someone? If so, you can interact with them directly but perhaps also look  for the signs in their entourage (the people that surround them, the businesses that deal with them…) and you are likely to find your answers. Direct interactions will keep you in doubt, footprints left overtime rarely do; no matter your first impression about someone or a company do not underestimate the need for background entourage checks…

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What is Biomimetics: the field of gaining inspiration from nature first to solve some of our most difficult challenges. Instead of coming up with our own solutions to a problematic, the odds are that species or natural systems on the planet already offer an ultimate solution. This simple fact is also another strong case to preserve species at all cost as the intellectual heritage contained within or through the study of species is both irreplaceable and invaluable…

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Biomimetic file 166: Nanobots and the power of healing

Why apparent corporate dysfunctions are not always the root of the problem and how to address the issue

shutterstock_309308330Image: Small “robots” which are actually particles made of both gold and platinum. source: arleksey/Shutterstock. Troubleshooting* is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system. It is a logical, systematic search for the source of a problem in order to solve it, and make the product or process operational again. Troubleshooting is needed to identify the symptoms.

Highlight: “A new study published in the journal Nano Letters may represent that next big leap in the nanoscale world: Researchers have revealed how they have created incredibly small robots that automatically heal fractures and cracks. They showcased their new nanoscopic critters fixing broken electronic circuits, but they could also be adapted to repair tears in biological systems – including our own…Such a nanomotor-based repair system represents an important step toward the realization of biomimetic nanosystems that can autonomously sense and respond to environmental changes…this has a wide range of applications, from self-healing electronics to targeted drug delivery…for instance folded DNA segments used to make 3D structures could be made to dynamically change shape and attack tumors. Some of these origami structures can be used as Trojan Horses that can infiltrate drug-resistant leukemia cells and kill them from the inside.”

Insight: With the introduction of new nanoscale technologies the term “healing from the inside” is about to take an entire new meaning. Every instant, complex processes are happening around us at a very small scale, should it be in the form of molecules interacting with one another or internal organ processes. By communicating with the micro processes at the very heart of body functions we will soon be able to prevent or heal certain developing diseases at the source.

This practice could really revolutionize the health industry allowing a shift from a therapeutic approach to one that is more preventive. Much can be learn from feedback and self regulating mechanisms found in natural systems which could be a research field in itself…

This case study can be applied to business: often businesses suffer from visible malfunctions and the common approach is to resolve these problems first. However, like a poorly treated illness (e.g. a rough caught treated as a pneumonia when it is actually lung cancer) solving the apparent visible problems does not necessarily solve the problem altogether which is likely to reoccur after a period of time. Instead, perhaps a better alternative is to spend the necessary time to troubleshoot* what is really causing the issue which could be well hidden behind processes and to resolve this issue first before tackling the more visible materialization of the problem…

For instance lets imagine the following scenario: A chemical treatment plant operates under strict fire safety procedures and certain manufacturing lines are fitted with sensitive smoke detectors because some chemicals used in the processes are highly flammable.  Shortly after the installation of a very costly automated manufacturing machine a recurrent problem starts to occur affecting the entire production: the fire sensors keep on going on which triggers the auto-stop response on the machine located in this room. After several triggers, the managers investigate and come up with the rapid conclusion that the machine overheats melting some plastic components which trigger the fire alarms. They make this conclusion because they find out that a similar problem was reported with this machine in another part of the world. Pressured by the direction to quickly solve the problem they decide to order a new machine. After installation the problem starts again and a new more experienced team is tasked with the investigation. The real verdict quickly comes out: outside of the building is a narrow corridor which some of the employees use as an unauthorized smoking break, the smoke gets into the air capture vents and circulates in the ventilation system until it comes out inside this specific room. While this shouldn’t normally cause a problem, because of the very sensitive nature of the fire detectors in this room, it is still enough to trigger the response. The outcome of the story is that a very simple problem (unauthorized smoking combined with a specific ventilation design) was misdiagnosed with a complex technical problem. This error has cost the company many millions, delayed production and affected the companies’ reputation…

Are you facing technical problems? If so, perhaps do not jump to the obvious conclusion and take the necessary time to be sure beyond doubt what is the real cause of the problem. Failure to identify the real source of a problem can become time consuming and an expensive mistake…

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What is Biomimetics: the field of gaining inspiration from nature first to solve some of our most difficult challenges. Instead of coming up with our own solutions to a problematic, the odds are that species on the planet already offer an ultimate solution. This simple fact is also another strong case to preserve species at all cost as the intellectual heritage contained within or through the study of species is both irreplaceable and invaluable…

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