March 20, 2013

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Youngblood’s four-year-old twins are growing up thinking it’s normal for Dad to design and print their toys. What will they do with this technology in 10 years?

Tom Gokey, an artist whose work centers on collective social projects, made a presentation on the economics of 3D printing. “What happens when we can share physical objects the same way we currently share pdfs and MP3s?” he wondered.

He is interested not in what kind of stuff can be made with these printers, but how this kind of making will change our society.

“We’re on the verge of an economic revolution that will make the industrial revolution look like small potatoes by comparison,” he said. “I think there are genuinely new possibilities for liberation with this technology. But there will also be new possibilities for domination. I think we’re at a similar period as when the feudal system mutated and became capitalism. Capitalism is now mutating and becoming something else.”

With eyes wide open—and blazing with passion even at the end of a long day—these guys are describing visions as varied as those of the proverbial blind men trying to describe an elephant. They may all be correct. I can’t wait to see the full picture begin to emerge.


March 20, 2013

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Missing Dimension

Mike: As I noted on Facebook, the headline is a play on the fact that humans see in 2D (actually two sets of 2D, one for each eye), hence the "2D view" of 3D technology. —Bill Ramsey, Pulse editor

Bill Ramsey more than 1 years ago

Thanks, Rich and The Pulse

Great article, Rich. It was thoughtful, informed and the three perspectives you presented are interesting complements to one another. Once The Pulse editors add the missing dimension to the title, it will be perfect.

Mike Bradshaw more than 1 years ago

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