How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy (t3knomanser) wrote,
How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy

The Future is Last Week

You need an item that can only be made with sophisticated factory tools. For $20k you can have them all. The Fab Lab, according to its designer, can be used to make anything larger than a computer circuit. And yes, it really works. The boon for developing countries is incalculable. For less than the cost of your new Hummer, you can have the entire industrial revolution at your finger tips, and use it to make whatever you might need- including a new Fab Lab.

The impact of such a thing can't be overestimated. If I need to pick the technology that will shape the next century for third world nations, this has to be it. And the fact that the World Bank shows no interest is a big part of that. Instead of sucking from a rather oppresive teat, developing nations can use small investments to get an industrial base- and as the technology develops, we'll start seeing an impact in the so-called First World too- imagine what happens when those hippie communes invest in one of these babies. When the price drops within the realm of an individual's capacity (and really- $20k isn't too far out for something like this anyway), imagine what happens when the off grid folks get their hands on these.

The industrial complex collapses like a flan in a cupboard. Maybe my martini is making me over optimistic, but I think this is big shit.

Meanwhile:have a chuckle

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