Thursday, August 06, 2009

Stainless Steel Printing

Self-replicating desktop manufacturing systems are on the near future horizon.

From this CrunchGear entry: 'The future of fabrication is here: Shapeways announces stainless steel printing'

Much if not most of 3d printing uses modified inkjet printers. Ink is substituted with other mediums.

The incredible accuracy of the printer heads deposit nano-scale droplets exactly where they need to be. The end result is a useful or interesting object.

Where is this Technology Headed?

1. Desktop Manufacturing
In the same way huge computers shrunk to the desktop while becoming vastly cheaper and more powerful, desktop manufacturing is following the same trajectory.

2. Self Replication
Desktop fabricators capable of manufacturing all of it's own parts, to be assembled into another unit, will by nature quickly spread and improve in a self reinforcing loop.

3. Open Source Network Power
These systems will allow the grass-roots production of new continually evolving computers. The compounded power of countless networked enthusiasts around the world will pour ingenuity and creativity into new systems you can manufacture at home. Gadgets, cell phones, ... you name it... will spill from home hobyists and Universities into the marketplace in the same inexpensive way as iphone apps and the Linux free operating system.

4. Robots
As the hardware, circuitry and software continue to evolve, they will be capable of manufacturing and becoming robots which can self replicate.

5. Fabricating at the Molecular Level
Imagine a molecular printer. Cartridges filled with each element of the periodic table, the raw materials to create literally everything in the universe.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Can You Trust Google to Respect Your Privacy?

Here's why I do at the time of this writing: Google needs to maintain our collective trust or it would destroy itself.

Google has the most valuable stream of *real time* information in the history of the world. From emails, Google Desktop, searches, blogs, phone conversations, faces and scenes from billions of images, to networking our personal genetic information and emerging computational intelligence.

From my stream, Google rewards me with tools forged from the ore of my personal information. It also rewards advertisers with extremely targeted information which makes their advertising dollar go much farther and advertisements increasingly match what I would be interested in. Google is the up-to-the-second broker.

So, from this *real time* info stream, Google develops it's revenue. Failing to honor privacy would trigger a devastating market revolt. Google's real time river of information would become a trickle. The revolt would create a vacuum searching for the next "Do No Evil" entity. It would be suicide.

On this logic, I trust Google with my personal information. Tomorrow I may change my mind.

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

How Close Are We To Cyberspace?

There are only a few links left between us and full immersive sensual cyberspace.

William Gibson coined the term Cyberspace as a near-future digital world we would mentally navigate.

Clearly, the mouse and keyboard are about to be assimilated by touch screens. Sky diving costs and increasing value dictate it.

Monitors, the last membrane between us and cyberspace dissolve as we navigate digital experience in the same way we do physical experience.
Thought recognition, (computing that translates thoughts into a real or virtual world action) is here and advancing fashionably below the radar.

The distinction between the virtual and the physical is only a matter of resolution. As we merge our minds directly with Cyberspace, a global mind will emerge from the network. (The power of a network increases exponentially according to the number of communication nodes). Coming soon: an emergent, distributed, networked, increasingly intelligent, global nervous system.

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