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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.

[User Picture]From: dadi
2014-04-11 03:28 pm (UTC)
I was thinking the same thing about the 3D printers just recently.. it will be something we just have. I remember, in 1994 I was organizing a 7-day-acquerel-painting course in the middle of nowwhere in Tuscany for a group of Germans, among which a few people who needed to remain in contact with home. We had rented a whole house, which however had no phone line. So I went and got myself a rental mobile phone, which was actually a shoebox-like thing you could attach to your car battery to charge it. It worked rather miserably, as there were no phone antennae all over the place like now, but it was astonishing to be able to phone from the top of Monte Amiata, I remember that well. It impressed me so much that I actually bought one of the first Ericsson portable phones which fit in a normal handbag 2 years later. And never have been "unreachable" since then, poor stupid me :D
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-04-11 06:27 pm (UTC)
I remember phoning home from a windy Pennine hilltop- and being so amazed that it actually worked that I wrote a poem about it.
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