a reply to: roguetechie
I know you can make guns, but publishing the plans is currently illegal... although still in the US courts.
I current live in a state with almost no gun laws, but I've lived in a couple states that have much more restrictive ones. It'd be difficult to
describe to outsiders just how varied the US state laws are on guns.
It sounds like you're a machinist (someone who practices subtractive manufacturing). I wouldn't call someone using an actual "printer" (i.e. using
additive manufacturing) a machinist. An engineer with no metalworking skills can print out a part, but not be able to make one by hand. But a person
with little engineering skill can machine a part, while having limited knowledge of how the parts work together.
I'm currently encouraging people to get their kids interested in 3D printing and get them away from things like website design or mobile development.
I believe those tech fields will be more saturated in a decade, but new-age engineers that can rapidly prototype will be BIG. So will hybrid techies,
like bioinformaticians (combining computer science, statistics, mathematics, and biology) and the upcoming age of wearables (combining printing,
weaving, circuit design, and programming). Both Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Alternate Reality (AR) will be hot fields, too.
I also follow anything Bret Victor does--a former engineer at Apple. Here's an example of his vision for the future of "work spaces":
I agree that the world is shifting from "hacking" to being a "mad scientist". The hardest part of being part of this future is doing things that
schools won't offer (because most schools tend to be so far behind tech/manufacturing trends).
For instance, Robotics will be huge, but only countries like Japan have sufficiently invested in robotics to make a robotics education worth wild for
most students. In the US, most of our "robotics experts" actually come from overseas because we just don't offer the foundation for it (on the
And, while I don't believe it will happen, having an "Age of Apprenticeships" would do wonders for our world. The apprenticeship is far too
underrated. The few people who have apprenticed under me have been able to get far better jobs with their new skillsets. I apprenticed under others
who made me much more formidable.
I think I'm getting off subject, though, so I'll end my encomium here.