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December 5, 2006

Impersonal Production of Personal Fabricators

Impersonal Production of Personal Fabricators

The article “How to make almost anything� was a very interesting article. It makes me very curious how they were able dumb down the use of these things so that any one can make a circuit board, and attached sensors. The overall idea of the article is that with personal fabricators a single person can do the work of a whole team of people. People just need to have a desire, and a plan to bring it to life. I thought the little girl who put a security camera on her diary was incredible. She was probably not even in algebra yet, and she built a circuit board with sensors and a camera to keep her brother from reading her personal thoughts. Wow. Another point I liked was how people with the least technology in the most remote parts of the world need the most complicated things. Like the sheep herder who wants wireless devices for all his sheep so he can keep track of them. He can make them easily with the personal fabricators. Any body can do (almost) anything.
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This then leads into the “Silence and Light� article. It is basically saying that silence is a desire to create. All the silent people above had the desire but no means to create things they wanted. They did not need these things however, because they have survived all this time without these things. According to this article giving these people what is lacking will give them no lasting joy. They did not need it so how could they really enjoy it. I disagree here, because of the fact that they are able to create any thing they want. They may not need a wireless sheep tracker, but he wants one. He can take pride in the fact that he manufactured this thing on his own. I would have some joy for a long time if I could remotely know my sheep is just grazing on the mountain side (maybe more from simply telling people about my creation, than from sitting in my lazy boy herding sheep).

This personal fabricator may not be such a good thing after all. If I could have anything I want, I would probably not go anywhere very often, unless to sell my random items. People may begin to take life for granted as everyday things become oversimplified, over and over again. For instance these machines can recreate and simplify themselves (eventually anyway).