Modules

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Introduction

The organ modules contain the biological components of the body. This is where the integration of biological and non-biological materials is important (see also Core Services).

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A generic module, showing attachment points and interface


The diagram shows the general idea. For each module, an organ (or muscle group) is built, with the living tissue contained in, and supported by, various synthetic materials. The exact requirements will be different for each kind of organ, but they will all have several things in common:


  • A tough. impermeable and probably flexible, synthetic outer capsule. This covers an inner layer that substitutes for the visceral layer of the serous membrane in a natural organ.
  • Attachment points to some part or parts of the Chassis
  • At least one interface port, connecting the module to the Core Services
  • Inner covering layer and nternal structural members (shown as 'inner shell' on the diagram), that support the living tissue and provide the basis for any extra functionality such as inbuilt diagnostic mechanisms and non-biological communication channels.

Requirements

What are the requirements?

Refactoring

Separating the functions of existing organs and structures, and providing new organs/structures to provide those functions separately (where appropriate). e.g., Lungs produce angiotensin. If lungs are to be non-biological, angiotensin-producing tissue will be needed. Refactoring is something that needs careful consideration, so it has a separate page.


Module Interfaces

Linking modules to the Somatic Core.


Specific Organ Modules

Lungs

Kidney

Liver

Digestive System

Bone Marrow

Endocrine System

Spleen

Thymus

Lymph Nodes

Muscle

Power

What Exists Now?

What can be done right now?


What's Next?

What needs doing now?

Decide if a single generic module design will be sufficient, or will several varieties be needed?


Brainstorming

Speculations, suggestions, criticisms, etc.