It's getting more and more difficult, when composing these blogs, to figure out how to "classify" them, since the technology itself is blurring our convenient pigeon-holes. Lately however, I've been following the developing stories on 3D printing from the hypothesis that the media stories and hype are being deliberately driven by the elites, as they are retrenching into their power base in North America, and perhaps expanding their capabilities in space and, as we saw yesterday, the ocean floors. In last Thursday's(actually, Friday's) News and Views for August 17, 2013, I also pointed out that when one connects the dots on these 3d printing stories, they suggest that humanity is taking the first halting steps in the technology trees leading to a kind of "Star trek" teleportation system, long a subject of science fiction fancy. We are a long way from that, of course, not the least of which is in the ability to scan objects down to the molecular and atomic level, then reassemble them. The computing power alone needed for such a feat would seem to be beyond current capability, even for the zetabytes of the NSA's "let's snoop on everyone" program. Additionally, one would have to develop special capabilities for biological systems.
Nonetheless, the faltering first steps are there to see, and as for the pronunciations of "impossibility" that will inevitably be heard from this or that circle, it is worthwhile to consider that science once assured us that humanity would never be able to cope travelling at speeds of more than 30 miles per hour. When a scientist says something is impossible, history seems to suggest that an engineer will take it as a challenge, and impossible barriers more often than not have fallen.
With that context of caveats in mind, consider thes developments:
In other words, they are now doing the needed proof of concept experiments to demonstrate that 3d printing can handle the "manufacture" of biological organs, that they can print or manufacture parts for robots, and that biological cells printed with 3d printing can be integrated into them, and that it might be possible to do this(and more) in space.
In other words, steps have been and are being taken to develop (1) the ability to scan any three dimensional object, as we saw in last week's news and views, (2) the ability to print biological material, and (3) the ability to do this in space, and each of these is a necessary step in the development of teleportation capability. The next big advance must perforce come in the ability to make quantum computing a practical reality, and if possible to extend the capabilities of entanglement (the real problem).
Nonetheless, the steps are there for all to see. And here enters the "high octane speculation" part of the scenario, as always, fraught with a chain of "ifs" and "wherefores" along the way. I have been arguing lately that 3d printing, and the current media hype, is being deliberately driven. A technology is being deliberately "talked about" to get it into the mainstream consciousness, in an effort to prepare for the cultural effects it will have, effects as dramatic if not more so than the information revolution brought about by the personal computer and the internet. In that context I have been arguing that 3d printing has been around for a long time (and it has), and that its ultimate origins probably lie in the black world. This suggests that the actual hidden capabilities of the new technology are more than meets the public eye.
This, in turn, suggests that the scenario of teleportation is probably more than meets the public eye, though I am unwilling to maintain the sorts of scenarios that make the rounds on the "exopolitics" pages with their tales of teleportations to Mars and back again from the latest "whistleblower". The reality is more likely somewhere between what we see, and what the hyped stories are.
But the current mainstream stories are reality enough, and suggestive enough. Consider the effects of teleportation on trade, commerce, industry, the transportation grid, manufacturing, travel, and even the vacation industries. This alone should give one pause, and it does me, for it means a dramatic period of slow and controlled progression of the introduction of the new technology will be the chosen route the elites will use... too sudden, and everything is disrupted, and that only weakens their power base. Too slow, on the other hand, and one risks someone else doing an end run around the systems of institutions and controls they have put into place. To my mind, this consideration makes the current hype about the capabilities of 3d printing all the more interesting... it is deliberate hype, the hype of those who know what the real capabilities may possibly be... it is the hype of those intent upon leading a revolution, rather than being overwhelmed by one.
See you on the flip side.
(And my thanks to Msrs V.T., S.D, and Ms P.H. and many others for sharing these and similar articles lately)