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Editor's Blog

January 13, 2014

The line between the consumers and producers of commercial objects is increasingly becoming blurred in the 21st century. As an economic imperative for consumer participation is quickly emerging, more than ever before businesses are turning to consumers to guide their creative decisions. Crucially this could begin to have a significant impact on the way that cities and their commercial architecture is designed and evaluated, through the promotion of consumers as direct, collective decision makers.

Referring to key economic theorists; the work of contemporary architectural practitioners; while additionally including first hand interaction with one of the world’s most successful prosumption communities, this essay attempts to construct an argument for the value of consumer involvement in the active design of 21st century commercial architecture.

October 22, 2013

The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet is IEET Fellow Ramez Naam’s case for a market-driven solution that will simultaneously preserve the current economic order and avert all resource shortages and existential threats, allowing the global population to reach 10 billion and live the lifestyle of middle class US citizens.

October 7, 2013

3D printers (ie, three-dimensional, since they work by adding layers of material one on top of the other) are beginning to generate a lot of comments. They suggest potentially important changes in the way of making a range of everyday objects. But this is not the only possibility. Certainly, there are technical and economic implications, but beyond this, there could also be more structural and far-reaching political effects. It is these effects that this contribution aims to explore.

October 1, 2013

""Once considered science fiction, direct digital manufacturing (DDM), colloquially known as 3-d printing, became a household term this past May when Cody Wilson demonstrated that a firearm constructed with a DDM machine could fire at least one shot. "

July 11, 2013

Shifting the concept of value and luxury towards a debate on medical science and body design by starting the production of exquisite powerful objects, loaded with emotion and sensuality, but cut through with social comment, generating a discussion on the new direction of social rituals, the relationship between design and science, and the problems that arise when aesthetics meets ethics.

May 8, 2013

3D Printing Really Ugly iPhone Shoe, 3D Printed Plastic Gun Fired, 3D Printed Microwave Shield

April 24, 2013

Additive Manufacturing Garners Support, Additive Manufacturing Engine Parts, 3D Printing At Spacecraft

March 14, 2013

With all the media attention and hype associated with 3-d printing and nano-tech materials it is easy to forget how useful ancient technologies like lost wax casting, solar heating, and glass truly are.

February 13, 2013

In last night's State of the Union address, president Obama mentioned 3D Printing techniology briefly and called for the creation of 15 regional hubs to promote innovation in manufacturing technologies in the United States. Here's the excerpt.

February 7, 2013

The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that enables fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts.

Ben Goertzel and Hugo de Garis
January 18th, 2011

Ben Goertzel converses with Hugo de Garis on his transhumanist argument for the reality of a Creator.

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