There’s no use denying it—3D printers are changing the way the world works. Although companies and artists are the primary users of these extraordinary devices, as costs lessen 3D printers could start popping up in homes across the country. And while the ability to print stem cells and prosthetic limbs seems extraordinary, these devices also raise a number of moral and ethical issues for the everyday user. Here’s a glimpse of the many objects one can create with a 3D printer.
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Calling Tyler Durden: no, this isn’t “Fight Club”. It’s an animated short film that explores our problematic relationship with technology, and how all of the laudable advances we have made might come back to bite us one day.
If you didn’t understand the latest X-Men series, you’re not alone. And surprisingly, what might actually be easier to comprehend is how to make a flamethrower a la cinema’s most-beloved mutants.
From Sylvain Labs: “Instafame is an exploration of a teenager’s relationship with fame through the lens of instagram. The documentary centers around Shawn Megira, a teenager from Long Island who had 81K instagram followers, and asks questions related to the nature of fame and why so many young people see it as the ultimate measure of success.”
From Alex Cornell: Our Drone Future explores the technology, capability, and purpose of drones, as their presence becomes an increasingly pervasive reality in the skies of tomorrow.
In the near future, cities use semi-autonomous drones for urban security. Human officers monitor drone feeds remotely, and data reports are displayed with a detailed HUD and communicated via a simulated human voice (designed to mitigate discomfort with sentient drone technology). While the drones operate independently, they are “guided” by the human monitors, who can suggest alternate mission plans and ask questions.
Specializing in predictive analysis, the security drones can retask themselves to investigate potential threats. As shown in this video, an urban security drone surveys San Francisco’s landmarks and encounters fierce civilian resistance.
Cellphones are so ubiquitous now that we don’t consider them so much an external device as we do an extension of ourselves. Take a moment to reminisce in our digital appendage’s incredibly clunky origins and evolution.