Category Archives: Uncategorized Arthur C Clarke predicting the future in 1964 (by elabjer

Arthur C Clarke predicting the future in 1964 (by elabjer)

One of my favorite pieces ever about predicting the future…as Clark points out, if you make a prediction, and it sounds reasonable, it is almost certainly wrong. And if it sounds fantastic, it will be dismissed…even though the future has consistently been more fantastic than almost everyone could realize. Clark was one of the true visionaries…he saw clearly how breakthroughs in electronics, satellites, and communications would effect the world. 

Google’s recent entry into social networking, Google+, is beloved of the technorati, but hasn’t gained a lot of ground generally. But features like this really push the service in interesting ways…Google now has sharing between Google Books and Google+, so that you can seamlessly share details, highlights, etc from Google Books into your Google+ Circles.  Very well done, and when they finally launch Google+ for businesses/organizations, the ability for a Library page to share this sort of information easily could be very interesting. Well done, G+!

Inside Google Books: Share Your Favorite Books

Interesting article about the economic changes and impacts of 3D printing. However, the quote: 
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: most households will not purchase and run a 3D printer to produce their own products,” Terry Wohlers, the president of Wohler Associates, recently wrote. Average consumers might have small inexpensive printers for making children’s toys, but he thinks most people will lack the skills, interest or financial commitment needed to routinely make their own products.
To me, that sounds an awful lot like:
“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”    — Ken Olson, president/founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.

3D Printing and The Replicator Economy | Txchnologist Minecraft 12x12x11 15 color 3D printer (by Moofius2)

Minecraft 12x12x11 15 color 3D printer (by Moofius2)

This is an incredible creation using the free-form digital world of Minecraft to produce a 3D printer capable of “printing” 3D objects using the standard set of Minecraft blocks. 

The easiest way to think of Minecraft is as a computer-based lego set, if you aren’t familiar with the game/world. This is an insane amount of work!