[ExI] the next big thing: was RE: proposed moratorium...

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 18 00:00:56 UTC 2009

On Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 4:13 PM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:

> So my question is this.  What is the next big thing that is analogous to
> these, where almost no one uses it now, but after it makes market
> penetration, to do without it would cause widespread panic or even large
> numbers to perish?  What is the next big thing?  Is there another big thing
> coming?
In-home fabbers.  They don't even need to be nanotechnology-powered magic.
If the current generation of 3d printers/prototype machines were at or below
the cost of a large-screen TV, it would change the way we see "everyday"
items around the house.  Make these devices capable of recycling their own
output for source material on new products and they'll be replacing Wal-Mart
for cheap goods we "gotta have" this moment and don't need the next.  Hmm...
maybe that won't cause large numbers to perish... :)
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