posted on Feb, 28 2013 @ 01:43 PM
NEVER, never under-estimate the human mind with liner thinking, for mankind is gifted with free will and thus fuzzy logic.
Today, what you see as 3d printers are merely toys for well heeled hobbyists and corporations, but it is the POSSIBLITIES of marketing the product to
the masses that will ensure EVERY human in the least one of such toys, and it is through the economy of scale and mass production that will bring cost
down and make it possible even for a nigerian goatherder to own one.
Under the capitalist and free market system, if kept honest and true, it WILL NOT be just one company offering 3d printers, but a MULTITUDE of
compettitors, as each will ATTEMPT to gain market share through INNOVATION.
Today, those printers may print only polymers, but exciting tests are being published on daily basis of other type of even stronger and bonding
materials used. It is only a matter of time when even GOLD can be synthesized from the air or through an augumentation of other metals as source.
That's only daily products. Think of other products, such as food and medicine. It can solve many of our world's problems. The money is there, and
that is and will be what will drive entreprenuers in a capitalist society such as the west, which accounted for its progress and evolution, unlike
communisim, dictatorship or religious theocracy which in reality are doctrines of regression for mankind.
And there is no need to fearmonger about such products replacing mankind. No robots can ever will. As I had mentioned on another thread before, had
the washing machine robot replaced the housewife? Of course not, for the housewife serves more than just one function in the home. It frees up her
time for critical task such as homecare, upbringing of the next generations and self developement.
So too will robots and techonologies - free us up to live to our potential, fulfilling tasks which no robots can do, such as our humankind's
progression and evolution in science, tech, philosophy, etc to fulfil our destiny to the stars one day...
When the washing machine robot was created, many thought it was the final frontier. But in a matter of only years, the Dryer appeared, and since then,
competitive models by many innovative companies came with INCREMENTAL improvements to the robot models, such as in timings and types of wash
programming. Perhaps one day, the robot may evolve into ironing our clothes, or materials that just need a simple robust wash and needs no ironing at
That's the washing machine robot. Think then of where the future direction of 3d printers will progress one day, and the kinds of jobs both graduates
and blue collar technicians will be performing JUST in these competitive industry, not mention the many thousand more other industries that need
improvement and building upon existing tech to improve them all.....