personal fabricator

By | May 26, 2005

The Economist and Business Week magazines have both run fascinating articles on the concepts and practices of the Personal Fabricator. Could this invention revolutionize our post-Industrial societies?

This kind of device would really ruin our product-based societies, as many kinds of manufacturing would just cease overnight. On the other hand, if we still had to pay for the designs of products, much as people pay for the designs of sweaters in knitting magazines, our societies’ values of Intellectual Property would take a huge boost. Theory, applications and knowledge all would become the HOTTEST industries…