Now that the entire concept of 3-D printing has been introduced to the world, and mind you it's nothing new, not really – people are now considering all the possible applications. For instance, think about the future of 3-D printing at the molecular level, call it molecular assimilation if you will. Not long ago, I was discussing this with an acquaintance half way around the world. Let's talk.
You see, even if can "replicate" things, what about authenticity? Namely; "is it real or is it Memorex" as the old TV commercial used to say. My acquaintance told me the she believed; "Yes, I do think it would be good to have that replication, if or when it becomes available. People of the future will have the same need as we have, to refer to examples." Still, as an artist she also worried that the replication of great artwork from the molecular level up, it just isn't the same, is it?
Indeed, this is true and this speaks to the issue of "Authenticity" and I agree, but will humans in the future see it that way. For instance, today people are giving up their privacy, something the older generation is completely bothered by, perhaps because they know their history, with authenticity fall the wayside in a similar fashion? I don't know.
Remember the food on the Starship Enterprise, any dish you want – tastes the same, is the same, identical, duplicated, but it isn't the same is it? For instance, it lacks the real world bacterial counts, those test our immune system, keep us up to speed, living in a sterile environment might be more damaging when an invasive virus or bacteria comes along.
There were some sick Apes in the San Diego Zoo, in California. They fed them their favorite fruit but they kept getting sick – scientists went to their native land found that fruit had bugs in it, those bugs were triggering a certain enzyme that they had evolved in the rain forest to protect them from getting sick. They then flew in the fruit with the bugs in it, quarantined in a special container, and the apes got better immediately. Authenticity is real.
Nature is best with its minor flaws, who would want ever tree of a certain species to look identical? Where is the nuance, or the fun in that, who wants to live in a perfect world? Some might say that perfection sucks, and for brain waves that seems to be true, but again, I digressed, and maybe all this is a good thing. So, I leave you with that thought on the future of 3-D because, well, it's about to change everything. Please consider all this and think on it.