Google Glass gets skewered, tons of gaming news, FBI’s plan to wiretap web users, iOS 7 goes flat, Facebook & SMS lose millions of users, the world’s 1st 3D printed gun, and a man who quit the ‘Net for a year (and lived to tell about it)…
3D piracy will change everything about our world, especially if (or rather, when) the technology is developed that will allow average consumers the ability to print from their home, using a variety of materials. Not only can those with access to 3D printers already download files from the internet and simply “print” it out on their machine, but the technology is now available which allows 3D printers to simply scan an object and then replicate it. Although the material that 3D printers can use is limited for now, the types of materials that can be used in printing has grown enormously in recent years, and continues to expand at an astounding rate. Not too long ago 3D printers, or additive manufacturers, could only create products using plastics. Today however, the materials that can be used has already expanded to several metals, including aluminum, and titanium. The quick expansion of 3D technology doubtless means that in the near future users will be able to “copy” everything from LEVI jeans to battery parts and even weapon components.
Piracy, whether it be movies or music, has become a huge issue over the course of the past decade, especially since broadband has meant that more people have access to high–speed connections.
This has led to a pretty ridiculous trend of powerful Hollywood conglomerates chasing individuals through courts in expensive civil cases, whilst also forcing international governments to make downloading a crime. Whilst piracy is of course stealing, many consumers just don’t view it that way, especially the younger generation who have been brought up to expect content to be available to them ‘on-tap’. Continue reading →
The Drill Down crew are joined by Devindra Hardawar (of VentureBeat and his own Symbiotek Podcast) to discuss the proposed bill to allow the President to shut off the internet, record breaking pre-orders for the iPhone4, iPhone reception problems, record breaking iPad sales (and the effect that’s had on the Kindle), Google Voice for everyone, “Piracy is Theft,” says VP Joe Biden, and Jimmy Kimmel proves the show must go on!