“This machine makes every man self-sufficient. It takes the stickum right out of society.”
Ralph Williams, Business as Usual, During Alterations
The first Personal Computer was little more than a calculator and took up an entire room. Today smart-phones rival the processing power of a 5-Year old desktop. The exponential growth of processing efficiency is just that; exponential. Not only does the power of our computer technology grow, but the rate at which it grows grows too.
In 5 Years the cost of a 3D Printer has gone from nearly half-a-million dollars to just about a grand. It’s ability has gone from making plastic models to moving metal parts. It is completely reasonable that within a decade we will be printing out Smart-Phones rather than buying them, installing a free Linux based operating-system, and pulling the resources from hemp and other natural fibers grown in our garden.
In conjunction with Open Source Ecology, 3D Printing will be, and actually is, well within capability to allow individuals, families, and communities to manufacture every imaginable tool and machine needed to maintain a prosperous way of life. This empowerment has the potential of pulling communities and regions out of poverty and end scarcity on a global scale.
The most important aspect of this technology to remember is that a 3D Printer can Print a 3D Printer. It is self-replicating technology. Once someone in your community has a 3D Printer, they can print more, and even better, 3D Printers over time. The exponential growth, distribution and iteration of this technology is overwhelming.
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