Hand Held Printing

Take a look at the video below. It’s from a projected called 3Doodler. It’s a fantastic bit of technology that has tremendous consequences for the status quo of our everyday lives. Not directly because of the technology, but because of the inelastic nature of our lives.

This is amazing. I literally mean to affect with great wonder; astonish. There exists a device that you can hold in your hand that will create a 3D object. The creative minds of Star Trek didn’t even have a hand held one of these! The 3D printing consumer market has gone from DIY hacked desktop kits to a hold in your hand pen in fewer than 10 years. As I’m writing this, more than 20,000 people have put up nearly 2 million dollars to help fund the project. This is a technology that people are excited about!

Unfortunately incorporating technology this advanced will destroy the economy as we know it. We know trade as the exchange of  money for goods. The digital world turns that notion upside down because we are now trading knowledge. Sure, you can still charge for knowledge, but I can copy and infinite amount of knowledge with a click of a button. I can’t do that with physical goods. Until now. Not only are people sharing music, movies, TV shows, books and games over the internet, but now they are sharing objects too. Industries are trying to walk both ways on digital rights, trying to crack down on it even as the data shows providing digital content is what the consumer wants. This iron grip methodology is bound to fail with this as it did with .MP3s. This time the stakes are much higher. People won’t only be downloading music for their iPhone, they will be downloading the iPhone as well.

That’s not even the amazing part! That is what’s possible today; what’s really interesting is what will be possible tomorrow. I’m talking real science fiction type stuff. Researchers are already printing body parts and using stem cells as ink with 3D printers. How much longer until Johnson & Johnson come out with a bio-pen? Cuts and scrapes gone in seconds. Use the professional version to get a football player back in the game after breaking an ankle in the first quarter. A military grade device could be growing back limbs on the battle field.

The real amazing part of all of this is how unprepared our social, political and economic systems are for this new technology. The very fabric of our civilization depends on people becoming consumers of goods at a young age, and becoming dead when they can’t work anymore. Are we going to raise the retirement age to 150 when people are living to 200? What do we do when families stop consuming because they can recycle their old stuff into new stuff by using their household 3DPrinter? How do we measure GDP when information is our currency and it’s traded in a barter system?

These are questions that aren’t even on the radar, but the technology is at our doorstep.


Plasma Rain

No, this is not a new single by Prince. It’s a video of hot plasma being ejected from the sun and raining back down along magnetic lines. The really amazing part is when the Earth is shown to scale. Another amazing example that we are on a very small island in the middle of space.

It makes being late for work somehow less significant knowing that the sun regularly shoots out enough liquid fire to engulf our entire planet. (Liquid fire in the poetic sense)

Deodorant to the moon!

AXE has a new add out, and it follows the typical “sex sells” frame work until the last few seconds.

Love it. Astronauts are sexy. They fly SPACE SHIPS for god sake. Is there anything more manly then exploring what has never been explored before? Looking good at the beach is all fun and games, but astronauts change the course of human history. They live a life we can only begin to imagine.

Take this picture for example.

Now, consider who is taking this picture. When this picture was taken, every human being alive was in the view finder except him. In front of him was everything that history as known. Behind him is the vast unknown. At this moment in time, he is absolutely alone. Our galaxy is huge, and we spend all our time worrying about what happens on our blue dot. The amount of space yet to been seen by human eyes is literally unimaginable. What we know is insignificant compared to what exists.

We owe our continuing existence to the men and women who push technology and physiology to the limits. Damn straight they should get the girl.