Reddit Delivers…Again!

Time flies when you’re neck-deep in your day job, but I did want to post this wonderful sub-Reddit I came across.

https://www.reddit.com/r/functionalprint/

Consider it a starting point to utilizing 3-D printing to ditch buying unecessary items for your home, car and life.

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Stormtroopers and RIT Arms

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When people talk about what’s amazing about 3-D printing, or what the killer app is, I think the most obvious applications are in medicine. The obvious application is custom manufacturing of complex medical devices; things like bones, joints, etc can be shaped to fit the patients requirements instead of the other way around, hopefully shortening recoveries and improving end-patient success.

However, when it comes to what really gets people excited, it’s prosthetics. 3D printing already does so much good here; whether it’s providing cheap prosthetics through the E-Nable project (which is extremely worth your time to join if you’re a printer), or by allowing patients to take ownership in pride in something, which unfortunately, has been a thing people hide.

“Sure, you might have a “normal hand”, but mine is a stormtrooper’s hand”, turns out to be one hell of a self-esteem boost for a child.

Just see below; thanks to the good folks at E-Nable, he was able to get a custom made RIT arm, which restores a degree of functionality to his arm, and more importantly, can be cheaply remade as he grows.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/health/2015-01-10/new-trooper-arm-surprises-augusta-boy

Just remember; we’re already living in the future.

-Meds

AI Research and Transhumanism

I hope everyone is having as relaxing of a Christmas day as I am. I have happened to have made a few friends down at my parents place.

A Confused Bird

Anyways, as we enter the new year, I wanted to post something by one of my favorite authors, Jaron Lanier. This piece, technically part of a larger discussion/debate at the always fantastic edge.org is worth the time it will take you to read.

Lanier himself is basically an OG of “future technologies”, having been one of the major pioneers behind the first wave of virtual reality and a respected researcher and programmer.

http://edge.org/conversation/the-myth-of-ai

Lanier also wrote a fantastic piece, now a bit dated, about transhumanism:

http://edge.org/conversation/one-half-a-manifesto