Time: 10 minutes
Prompt: The resulting structure resembles a diamond
Source: Bodenheimer and Grumbach, Understanding Health Policy
"The resulting structure resembles a diamond. Do you not think so, my dear?" I directed her attention to the three-dimensional monitor space, upon which the architect's rendering of her new home was displayed.
"Well, yes," she said, "I suppose it does. And I suppose that you mean to imply that it will be both beautiful and, uh... hard?"
I laughed. "Hard, indeed -- where it should be, and appropriately soft and supple elsewhere."
"When you first suggested incorporating a diamantine lattice into the building, I had not imagined that it would occupy the entire volume of my home. Will it not be rather difficult to navigate the living areas?" The facetious tone employed in this last question was a relief, as I had begun to worry that she might actually be displeased.
"Ah, but that's the beauty of these archit-nodes and the instabuild polyfil beams connecting them." I smiled. She smiled. I continued. "Each node works semiautonomously, but also in concert with all of the other nodes and under the control of the central coordinating kernel, which, in turn is directed by yourself, via the neural link. Segments between nodes are rapidly collapsed or extended and nodes are stacked or spaced as necessary to create the walls and living volumes required -- precisely when and precisely where you require them. At a moment's notice."
"I see. And I suppose that these nodes and segments can arrange themselves into furniture and household appliances as well?"
"Furniture, yes. Complex appliances are more efficiently maintained as conventional reconfigurable modular systems stored at the periphery of the building. But rest assured, their operations will be seamlessly integrated into the overall functionality of the home."
(about my timed writing exercises)
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