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Suspicious Chihuahua
Ancient orators tended to Babylon
06:06 PM on 05/22/2013
All of my nope.
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Christy Harper Parsons
All generalizations are false, including this one.
08:09 PM on 05/22/2013
That was pretty funny!
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LiveMind
Emancipate yourself from mental slavery
05:30 PM on 05/22/2013
And if you think there is a prayer of this tasting remotely like anything you want to eat or having a fraction of the health benefits of real whole foods, you're out of your mind.
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03:28 PM on 05/22/2013
It's funny to see the exact same people who post about the e.vils of Monsanto and their GMO's as though it means the end of the world cheering for the ultimate modified foodsource - printed.
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03:48 PM on 05/22/2013
Not all of us. Personally, I find the idea of printed food appalling.
05:49 PM on 05/22/2013
Some possible validity to the suggestions of those 'exact same people' would be the very subtle, if almost negligible, difference that GM foods cannot be fully tested for all possible outcomes (at this point in technological advancement) before they are in a field where they may be consumed by other species. 3D printed foods can be controlled slightly more, there's less time for other species to consume them between the 'printer' and consumption. Personally I am not against GM foods may I add. If this sounds naive, man-made polymers now saturate the food chain in the form of micro-fibres.

Pig 26 is more of a point of contention regarding genetic modification and synthetic 3D-bio-printed foods.

The above requires much more expansion, but I must be elsewhere - will come back to this or write an article at 3dprintingindustry.com if time allows.
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mario andretti
I can't drive 55.
03:28 PM on 05/22/2013
Print me out a kilo of beetles with extra carapace.
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mario andretti
I can't drive 55.
03:26 PM on 05/22/2013
Soylent Microsoft.
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provgrays1
02:52 PM on 05/22/2013
Maybe the ones making weapons can eat their guns.
04:12 PM on 05/22/2013
How 'empathetic' of you
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provgrays1
05:07 PM on 05/22/2013
Josh,

If they want to make guns with a 3-D printer, they deserve no empathy from anyone.
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ginadeoliveira2008
The greatest thing you'll ever learn...
02:39 PM on 05/22/2013
The new diet on its way!
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Loki Laufeyson
If everybody had empathy, there would be no crime.
01:43 PM on 05/22/2013
More importantly, people will also be able to 3-D-print almost any other mass-produced item whose components are less than three feet long. This not only has serious implications for retailers of such items—the Walmarts of the world, but also for entire countries whose economy depends heavily on manufacturing and exporting items of this sort. Even the cheapest labour is probably more expensive than 3-D printing.

So “outsourcing” will go out of fashion, but the impact of 3-D printing on traditional employment patterns in the developed countries will be just as severe. Cars will continue to be built on (highly automated) assembly lines, but the most of the companies in the supply chain will collapse as the car manufacturers start printing the parts themselves as and when they need them.

Here comes the future again. Gwynne Dyer
05:58 PM on 05/22/2013
Agreed in part Loki, the potential democracising benefits of 3D printing are greater than those chained to pure empirical thought may propose, as will other opensource technologies - just yesterday UK Labour Party leader Ed Miliband placed onus upon the Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and opensource in general. A new 'synergy' of democracising disrupting technologies has great egalitarian potential.

However, I'd debate that it's not more important printing than this break-though. Food is a more basic need than objects. Future stability depends more upon food and water accessibility than even energy, let alone possession - although energy will be the meeting point all of these regarding bio-fuels.

Insightful thinking on your part regardless Loki.
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Loki Laufeyson
If everybody had empathy, there would be no crime.
11:15 AM on 05/23/2013
Thank you for your kind words.  I agree about food and water, primarily the latter. Our current technology is really not up to the task of providing our still burgeoning population with potable water, particularly since we insist on polluting as much of it, as quickly as we can. I think the next war in the Middle East will be about water, not oil or Israel/Palestine, or Islamic schism.  Even up here in Canada, a source of much fresh water, the southern part of Alberta is quickly turning into a desert.
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andvoodoo2
My micro-bio is teeming with biodiversity.
01:20 PM on 05/22/2013
No thanks. I have enough problems now keeping my diet as "pure" as possible.
01:42 PM on 05/22/2013
OUr society is getting more advanced. Good or bad it is going to continue that way as long as we exist. My point is that although you might not like some of this technology there's not point in commenting about not wanting it because it's coming :(
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03:51 PM on 05/22/2013
Being advanced doesn't always mean being better. In the case of technology, it's more like advanced decay.
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LiveMind
Emancipate yourself from mental slavery
05:32 PM on 05/22/2013
Let it come-- we have no obligation to use it. I for one will NOT be eating "printed" foods. I don't eat processed foods either, and these will just be more extremely processed. Just because they can do it does not mean we have to choose to go along with it.
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marklemagne
It's it's if it is it is, it's its if it's not.
12:23 PM on 05/22/2013
I'm surprised that we have 3D guns and 3D food before 3D porn.
06:02 PM on 05/22/2013
Websearch 'makerlove...' ;-) 3D sex aids came first. So to speak...
12:14 PM on 05/22/2013
It is, however, interesting that the focus has been on feeding astronauts and for use in restaurants.

After all, the article makes NO mention of how beneficial such COULD be for feeding those starving, living in poverty, or even bolstering a better diet for school children, at the least.
01:44 PM on 05/22/2013
NASA IS NASA. Not there job to help poor people. That should be the governments job. Your comment belongs elsewhere. I agree that this should be used to help people who don't have regular access to food. But feeding astronauts on long journey's is crucial for our survival in the long run. If only you knew how many medications, technologies, business' that were formed by the studies of space you'd be thankful for it.
03:29 PM on 05/22/2013
Shouldn't be the government's job - should be the job of the poor person.
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LiveMind
Emancipate yourself from mental slavery
05:36 PM on 05/22/2013
The cost of this will be very high (much higher than real food), while the nutritional value will be questionable, and the taste more so. WHY would they be talking about it as a way to feed the poor or a source of a better diet for school kids? If we can't afford (read aren't willing to spend the money) to cover the cost of inexpensive real foods for the poor, or to provide healthier real food options in the schools (because fresh fruits & vegetables cost more than processed pizza and fries and nachos), why on earth would we spend vastly more to give them something inferior to real food?
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efechner
Sequester the tea.
12:13 PM on 05/22/2013
This tech won't really take off until you can 3-d print a beer to go with your 3-d burger or 3-d print a joint to go with your cheetoes.
06:03 PM on 05/22/2013
Websearch '3D print beer...'
12:08 PM on 05/22/2013
Hey if this puts monsanto out of business I am all for it.
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shindogdiggity88
The absence of denial is not the proof of guilt.
11:57 AM on 05/22/2013
This is getting pretty close to the machines they had in Star Trek that would make your food appear out of thin air.

Although I never understood what they did with all their dishes when they were done...
12:06 PM on 05/22/2013
why, they recycled them and printed new ones! duh.
06:12 PM on 05/22/2013
Whilst you are right, it's perhaps not such a doh on one hand bear: Roddenberry proposed that the particles required to replicate requirements exist in surrounding universe, but didn't show (as far as I'm away) the process for recycling. Simply though, as the technology was proposed to be based upon the same principle as the teleporter, dis-assembling and re-assembling particles, the dis-assembly would be analogous.

I guess the real challenge is maintaining an operable consciousness during the teleportation process. I guess this means (rather fortunately) that live lobster is neither on the diet list of Star Fleet. Therein, by analogy, lays another ethical benefit to 3D bio-printing...