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Michael Bleigh's tweet saying 'In the future the only large companies will be those that help facilitate the sale and purchase of goods from small vendors to individuals.'

My take at this concept was too long for twitter, and I was too lazy to pare it down:

In the future, the only companies that sell physical goods* will be the ones that figure out how to mine atoms from raw materials which can be used as "ink" in 3d printers which people use to print their own products from (probably pirated) plans they found on the internet.

* This excludes non-mass-produced art


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The saddest thing I heard yesterday, from a likely student voter in the UH college newspaper*, talking about technolgy:
All these new ideas and areas need to be regulated...
We don't know what it is yet, but we need to regulate it.

What say you?

* I'd have put a link to the actual quote online, but it was in a sidebar and apparently those don't get published with the articles online, because I couldn't find it.

I don't know if anyone is interested in this or not, but I thought CF people might like to see the other side of it, at least =).

DailyTech is reporting that "a recently published academic paper from the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) in San Diego ... claims that Spawar scientists Stanislaw Szpak and Pamela Mosier-Boss have achieved a low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) that can be replicated and verified by the scientific community."

If it takes on, this is one of the first steps (says the article) to having cold fusion, a "potentially unlimited source of clean energy."

I've been super busy with finals coming up and projects due, and a bit more work than normal, but I did take the time to read a bit of news via KurzweilAI today (through email, of course).

Along the lines of the "'printer' that could build things" I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, here's one that can build bones and one that can build electronic circuits.

Update: And here's a piece in the NY Times from May 7, 2007 that talks about a company who is planning to have it affordable for home users within a few years. Thoughts?

Last night I had the good fortune to be in attendance at a talk given by Ray Kurzweil entitled "The Web Within Us: When Minds and Machines Become One." For those unfamiliar with Ray, part of his bio as given in the program distributed at the presentation reads
Ray Kurzweil has been described as "the restless genius" by the Wall Street Journal and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes. Moreover, Inc. magazine ranked him eighth among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the "rightful heir to Thomas Edison." ...

As one of the leading inventors of our time, Kurzweil was the principle developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition system, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the sound of a grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large vocabulary speech recognition system.


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