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The Future is Soon! - Transience Divine
May 7th, 2007
12:09 pm


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The Future is Soon!
I'm still reeling from the Media Lab dishwasher that destroys your dishes and molds new ones each day out of the clay. But future shock continues apace.

The New York Times is reporting that 3-D printers (Sci-fi geeks read mono-material synthesizers) are going to be available for $1000 in four years. Need a new back on your remote control? An action figure for your child? A fractal centerpiece for your dinner party? Just print it.

Soon printing plans will be freely available on the web, public libraries will have printers available for anyone to use (until everyone has one-- they only cost $300 to make), and invention will be a normal daily activity. And intellectual property as a tool of the Man will break under the strain.

The time to act is now. In a world where you can do anything, what do you want to be?

Current Mood: amusedufo

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