Fast Forward Radio — Plastic Brains, Roboticized Jobs, Nano Doctors

By | April 6, 2010

In the future, you may lose your job to a robot but at least if you get sick there will be other tiny robots who have taken over the doctor’s job and who will swim into your bloodstream curing you of all that ails you. And don’t worry — if the robots are not up to the task and they lose you, you can encase your brain in plastic and sleep through a few decades or centuries until the little robots are ready to fix you up.

These and other topics in this edition of FastForward radio.

  • Sally Morem

    This blog post fits right in with what we’ve been discussing. Note how many ways 3-D printing can speed up already accelerating tech:

    http://www.unionsquareventures.com/2010/03/communicator-done-replicator-next-the-future-of-making-stuff.php

    Here are two of the points made by the writer:

    2. No / raw material inventories
    Closely related is the fact that with these new technologies companies no longer need to keep inventories of finished or even semi-finished goods. Instead, inventories will consist primarily of raw materials. This means that the speed of innovation and change will pick up tremendously. Physical objects can now be developed iteratively just like we have grown used to with web sites.

    3. The softwarization of stuff
    What makes software development so easy these days is that you don’t need to know anything about the hardware on which it will run. With manufacturing, designing and making were historically relatively tightly coupled: in order to design something that could be made you had to know a fair bit about how it would be made. With the new manufacturing technologies not only can more and more of this translation be implemented inside of design tools, but like software it is also becoming easier to share and modify/integrate components. This means that it becomes much easier for development to become iterative (just like software).