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The Next Big Thing [Apr. 11th, 2014|11:09 am]
Tony Grist
I remember the first mobile phones. You'd see men- they were always men- strutting around with shoeboxes clamped to their ears and you'd think, "Drug Dealer!"

I  remember the first home computers. My girlfriend had one. I used to go to her house to play arcade games on it. I certainly never foresaw a time when I'd be doing, well, what I'm doing now.

The next big thing is the 3D printer. The technology exists. Printers are being used to make everything from guns to human organs. I don't know anyone who owns one yet, but I expect I soon will. I expect to own one myself. They're going to change the way we consume- and the way the world does business. You want some common household object- anything from a car to a washing-up brush; you no longer go to the shop or place an order online, you simply enter a code into your household printer and "voila!". I understand the first models are well within the budget of an average middle-class family- and the price keeps coming down.

We'll wonder how we ever managed without them.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2014-04-11 12:35 pm (UTC)
There are always going to be people who can't figure out the interface (I see this with my parents and their newfangled cable hardware). And people who can't afford any such thing. But yes, I think you're right about changing the way the world does business, anyway.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-04-11 06:20 pm (UTC)
The rising generation won't have any difficulty with this kind of technology. The babies in my family all know how to work computers and phones.

As for the cost, I remember when TVs were only for the wealthy.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2014-04-11 06:35 pm (UTC)
In this country, it's getting so internet connections are only for the wealthy.
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