Intelligence

As designers and engineers it is important to continue the exploration of newer and better ways of approaching any challenge. Here are a few insights we'd like to share with you.
George Konstantakis
Takeaway from Part 1…  “Remember not to break any one of the links, or the other two will fall apart”. Numerosity, the number of “things” that humans can mentally process, stands as a widely studied cognitive topic. “The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information”, published by George Miller in 1956 stands as the authoritative paper on this subject. Dr. Miller demonstrates that five to nine chunks are best. More recent studies...
George Konstantakis
I was recently working with one of my children to help them understand prime numbers, and discovered the concept of prime links (aka prime knots).  I had no idea what these were at the time.  Quite simply, prime links are comprised of geometrically closed loops that cannot be created by a smaller number of geometrically closed loops.  They are the geometric equivalent of prime numbers. Borromean rings consist of three rings linked in such a way that the removal of any one link...
Brooks Stevens
BSI’s designers and engineers are nuts. For fun, they instituted a design challenge to test their ability to solve simple problems in creative ways.  The first competition challenged our employees to defy gravity and slow a ½” hex nut as it fell from an 18’ drop.  Everyone was provided with the same (limited) materials. The first-prize winner employed biomimicry of a maple seed and a potential “enhanced flick”.