Monday, December 17, 2007

[TIPS] a glimpse at the future

Y’ know, I *do* feel like an echo chamber at times, and this time is no exception. I’ve mentioned this guy’s blog many times before. http://educationaltechnology.ca/couros/ I look forward to reading what he has to say every time he posts.

 

In this post: http://educationaltechnology.ca/couros/729 he embeds a YouTube video (Danger, Will Robinson!) of a man who has invented a printer that prints 3-D objects. Wait ‘till you see what it does. It’s in its infancy, but here’s another one to project out 20 years. Then go out another 20 yrs or so. What will the world be like when we can build those little things that we need on the spur of the moment – when we’re ALL able to manufacture things. Those folks with the creative talents will have a field day, won’t they?

 

This reminds me of the saying, “The only sure way to predict the future is to invent it.”

 

 

2 comments:

John Larkin said...

Hi there
This is an interesting development. Kevin Lim posted a couple of posts with video about similar printers.

http://theory.isthereason.com/?p=1961
http://theory.isthereason.com/?p=1956

Worth a look,

Cheers,

John
http://blog.larkin.net.au/index.php

Alec Couros said...

As Stephen Downes commented on my post, the 3D printer idea has been around for a while, but the idea that it's becoming open source really changes things. Could you imagine being able to use someone's open source design to create something right in your own home or office? It's absolutely amazing to think about.

Also, the saying you mention is attributed to Alan Kay back in 1971. I've always loved that phrase, think I have used it in my academic writing a few times.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Kay

Cheers.