3D printing, while definitely impressive, is only one of many new manufacturing technologies. We can't expect machines to fix problems that our society hasn't. Even if 3D printers were flawless and cheap they would only print what we tell them to.
Imagine your car connects automatically with the next stop light so that the light is green when you go through the intersection. Not idling unnecessarily at the intersection conserves fuel, puts less carbon in the air, and saves you time.
With wearable technology, data will become the new astrology. We will use it to divine our personal futures and deconstruct our present. It will alter the "human ideal" and change the meaning of what we think of as "success."
Licensing to insure safety and accountability makes sense. It's reasonable to expect the equipment is safe and well maintained and businesses are accountable. But when it comes to the taxicab sector, what we have in many cities is an industry micro-managed by local government.
An ophthalmologist from a small rural village, Dr. V set out to bring the same efficient, high-volume approach to eye care in India that McDonald's had achieved in selling hamburgers and fries. His success is legend.
In our age, the advent of social networks and the transparency of shared networks challenge all hierarchies from monopoly of the mainstream media to professional knowledge protected by credentials, such as doctors, to dictators protected by force.
Prior to 2002, the total size of the vacuum cleaner market in the U.S. was around $4 billion. In many ways, the vacuum cleaning market was stagnant -- ideal for Dyson to shake up with his remarkable cyclonic wind technology.