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.