I've been following the development of 3D printing, or "additive manufacturing" as it is sometimes called, and very recently, through the kind gift of a donor, was able to acquire one of those sophisticated 3D design programs, which has left me rather speechless, not just in gratitude, but also in a bit of shock as to just what has already been accomplished on the design end of the technology. There's no doubt in my mind, as I explore the nooks and crannies of this program, that I am looking at something that has been around for a long time in the black projects world, and is only now reaching out into the public. As I explore, the thought constantly occurs to me, that I am manipulating a technology, a program, that is probably thirty years old. Words cannot quite communicate the unsettling nature of what I am feeling as I negotiate this program: I am playing around with something ultimately from the black projects world, and I know it.
Now the technology is taking a step into space:
As the article points out, the 3D printer will be used to manufacture on the spot small spare parts at the space station itself, rather than have to haul them up there on a chemical rocket, an expensive proposition. But the long term implications here are what really intrigue me, as well as what may be a "hidden story." Obviously, if 3D printing can be made to work smoothly, accurately, and consistently in the zero-G of space, then having a fairly large unit or unit on board would be even more beneficial for long-range human exploration, where parts would have to be replaced or repaired, and when their schematics could be beamed up from Earth if they were not already accessible in on-board computer data-banks.
But in a week which has seen us covering stories of genetically modified humans for "super-soldiers" that do not require sleep and significantly less food, and that can "heal themselves," in addition to the "micro-humans" some plan to develop for organ harvesting and testing - and please note not only the technological inconsistency here, but the moral one: why would one need to develop micro-babies for organ harvesting and testing if one had a genetically modified human able to heal himself or herself? - then an even more interesting picture emerges. A few days ago, when blogging about those super-soldiers, I suggested that the possible hidden and secret motivation for their development was not for "force multipliers" here on Earth at all, but that they would be the perfect technological adaptation of humanity for long range manned space exploration - and military operations. And in the context, I also suggested that perhaps, just perhaps, we are not looking so much at a goal but rather at an announcement, one of those "We plan to do this because we've already done it" sorts of things.
Three-D printing strikes me as being in this category, and you'll recall that when I first started blogging and talking about it, I early-on voiced my suspicion that here too, we are looking at the publicly revealed face of a technology developed in secret, and which, in its secret form, is much more sophisticated, and thus, in that more sophisticated form, already in space use. In short, taking the 3D printer to the International Space Station is another one of those "See what we're doing? We've already done it long ago" sorts of things.
Now, add in the photon-entanglement information communications system to the sleepless self-healing super-soldier, the 3D printer, and curious statements by Ben Rich, and what do you have... ?
See you on the flip side...