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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 11:18 PM

What will the 3d printer do to the global economy...

So we've lost all of our manufacturing jobs....?

Well, so did China now that YOU can manufacture many things from your living room.

All those service related jobs selling stuff. Not so many now.

Such a scenario is not far off. What does it mean for us? How will economy change? Will people work less? Will a new socialism or communism take over. Will capitalism fail or adjust? In what way must we adjust our ideas about work and living to compensate? Will it be a period of an unbridled all-powerfu elitel or a new utopia? Will people feel more satisfied or less? How will people use free time? How and what will be regulated in terms of printing? Will you be able to torrent that new invention that IBM came up with and print it out?

It's mind boggling!!!

Flabbergasted.

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Reply What will the 3d printer do to the global economy... (Original post)
Flabbergasted Dec 2012 OP
Auntie Bush Dec 2012 #1
unc70 Dec 2012 #3
unc70 Dec 2012 #2
Nye Bevan Dec 2012 #4
Systematic Chaos Dec 2012 #5
Flabbergasted Dec 2012 #7
Occulus Dec 2012 #8
bhikkhu Dec 2012 #6
tblue37 Dec 2012 #9
wickerwoman Dec 2012 #10
mick063 Dec 2012 #11

Response to Flabbergasted (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 11:31 PM

1. I wondered about some of those questions. Also the enemy can print weapons.

I will revolutionize the world just like the car did and everything that changed in the world because cars were invented.

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 11:33 PM

3. No secrets, no weapons advantages, low profits from arms sales

Takes the profit out of weapons and the drug trade. What else is left?

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Response to Flabbergasted (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 11:32 PM

2. Bigger changes than that

The 3-D printer (Rep/Rep) technologies are just one of several getting ready to remake our futures. I predict more societal changes the next 10 years than in the past 40.

Forty years ago we saw direct dial long distance with touch tone, the first electronic calculators (four functions for roughly $100 real dollars - redeemable in gold).

Other seriously disruptive technologies include robotic sewing systems (bespoke suit untouched by human hands), personal robots everywhere, immersive realities, dramatic economic changes, and so much more.

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Response to Flabbergasted (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 11:34 PM

4. I just printed sneakers for all my kids using my 3D printer.

I love my 3D printer so much that I have used it to print 3D printers for all of my friends!

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 11:48 PM

5. ur full of teh win!!

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:19 AM

7. My buddy says that the the 3d printer is capable of printing many of it's own components....

and says their are designs that can print all of them.

We have also printed a working human bladder, implanted it, and changed someone's life.

that was ten years ago.

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:27 AM

8. For all your snark over this

a printer that can print in gold and silver- not to mention, frosted glass- is nothing to poke fun at.

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Response to Flabbergasted (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:14 AM

6. My ham sandwich was half-printed when the darn thing jammed up!

New Utopia my ass!

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Response to bhikkhu (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:41 AM

9. Yuck. A ham and jam sandwich sounds nasty! nt

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Response to Flabbergasted (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:45 AM

10. It depends on how much energy it needs and what materials it works with.

If it only prints with specialised rare plastic particles that depend on petroleum and uses a massive amount of energy for each copy then things might not be that different until we have renewable energy systems to complement the 3D printers and find a sustainable cheap source of the materials it uses.

On edit: But when we do get it together... Star Trek here we come. The matter replicator was the key invention in Rodenberry's vision of the future.

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Response to Flabbergasted (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:51 AM

11. Get trained up

 

in repairing 3d printers.

Look at how many car mechanics there are. Thanks to Henry Ford.

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