Is Printing A Gun The Same As Buying A Gun? | TechCrunchThe fact that we are now able to manufacture usable weapon parts is an important step in the evolution of fabrication and manufacture and, if I were a weapons giant, I’d start rethinking my sales strategies. When a company of rebels can print their own AK-47s (a concept that is still a ways off), whose fault is it? The person who made the plans? The fabricator? The company whose rifles they copied?
This is another aspect that is changed by the emergence of 3D printing: What constitutes a specific artifact? The idea and knowledge about how produce the artifact? The (3D?) image of the artifact, which can be used to produce the artifact? The drawing of the artifact? When the line between the image of an artifact and the artifact itself is becoming blurred by the ease of which one can be transformed to the other, we are heading into a world of deep conceptual problems where e g many laws must be rethought from the bottom up. Welcome to the future!
Ever wondered how your email can cross the vastness of the ocean and be delivered almost instantly, anywhere in the world? It’s all down to a network of fibre-optic cables that link up the continents and transmit terabits of data every second.
Yes, yes I always did wonder about this. —Wright