There was nothing. Now appearing before our eyes, is something. Or someone.
And at the same time, I hear the sound of the Borg Warship approaching—a sound that made you just a little uncomfortable until the edge was dulled by the next commercial. Besides, you always knew Captain Kirk or Picard would bring things together for good in the end.
In the case of 3D printing, I’m not sure we can have that assurance, nor that we have given this technology’s possibilities for good or evil much thought at all.
And yet it is likely to be transformative, and also to experience synergies with other emerging technologies—in memory stored in DNA, and gene engineering, in robotization and nano-technology.
What the human mind can conceive, it will ultimately create.
Be careful, little hands, what you build.
What if the home owner some day can create from free or vanishingly cheap molecules or particles (water, cellulose, proteins, specific cell types mass produced in tissue culture, carbon molecules or nanoballs or tubes) objects of any level of complexity or size. What will we make of that, do you think?