Last year, a 26-year-old fashion designer stunned the fashion world with a collection of dresses that incorporate computer-assisted designs, executed by 3-D printers, that would be extremely time-consuming, if not impossible, for a human sewer.
I've seen the future. It looks like a microwave oven, but inside, a small robot arm is zipping away, making things. As I watched this working three-D printer on display at the main in BHV department store in Paris, I remembered seeing my first fax machine in the 1980s.
Why read nonfiction? The utilitarian reasons are the ones cited most. We read to understand the fine print of contracts, how to operate the new-fangled gadget we just overpaid for, to make sure we don't get the side effects of a new medication.
Design is now more akin to flowing water than a series of steps carved in stone. And again, that conforms to the nascent "culture of sharing." The same impulses that drove open source software are now driving the design of objects.
We are at the cusp of a renaissance in healthcare. Technology--including the Internet of Everything (IoE), robotics, 3-D printing, wearable technology, cloud, mobility, and many others--promises to usher in this new era in healthcare.
In the same way that the Internet radically reduced entry costs in generating and disseminating information, giving rise to new businesses like Google and Facebook, additive manufacturing has the potential to greatly reduce the cost of producing hard goods.