posted on Sep, 21 2008 @ 08:29 PM
Originally posted by Cyberbian
You bring up a great point!
When nano manufacturing can make anything by scavenging atoms from scrap heaps, will we as a society allow everyone to have everything they want.
Or will we allow this potential unlimited wealth for everyone to be kept propriatary for the benefit of a few so they can keep everyone else
History suggests tremendous efforts will be made to suppress the technology, but will fail. It only takes one escaped replicator to spoil the
monopoly, and smart people will hack nano products to make lesser replicators while the suppression is still working.
I forgot if it was in Alvin Toffler "Future Shock" or "The Third Wave", but he foresaw a world were production will be more local. (I know that
Alvin Toffler was right on some point and wrong on plenty of other).
So, perhaps one way of reducing our dependency to oil is to reduce energy required to move goods.
One can imagine a world where buying stuff at the local shopping center, trigger (via inventory control) replacement good to be manufacture, not only
just in time, but also just in the quantity desired, then ship over a small distance (just like USAToday newspapers are printed locally), so several
production units instead of giant one.
There is still a long way to allow these technologies to compete with the efficiency of mass production, but a more local foods & goods production is
not out of the question.
For Cyberbian, as you mentioned, the production power is concentrated in very few hands, these technologies may change this (just like music and book
edition has been changed by MP3 distribution, eBook and small press editing).
If everybody can produce anything, anywhere, cheaper, I'm afraid this challenge our very economic foundation.