I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to science and science fiction. My favorite TV show is Star Trek: The Next Generation. Often times science fiction can give us a glimpse into the future. What is fiction today might be the scientific innovations of tomorrow. Take for example the Star Trek replicator. A replicator can create any inanimate object, as long as the desired molecular structure is on file. Just tell the computer what you want and the replicator will make a copy for you.
The Star Trek replicator was all I could think of when I recently read a story about the Makerbot Thing-o-matic. A Thing-o-matic is basically a printer, but rather than printing with ink, the Thing-o-matic prints with melted plastic. The plastic is printed in layers, which allows the user to make 3D objects. A person can design just about anything using 3D software, feed the design into the printer and print out a copy. Once a design is created, it can be shared via the internet and someone on the other side of the planet can print out the object. This could eventually eliminate stores and shipping. You just order a file online and print out your thingy. It would be like having your own little factory.
Makerbot Industries has sold 2,600 of these printers and has an active online community that shares their designs via Thingiverse. I have a feeling that this could be the beginning of something BIG.
Aaron is one of youtube.com’s “selected users” and is now able to upload videos longer than 15 minutes. Why was he selected? From what I can find online, youtube selected people with a history of complying with the YouTube’s Guidelines and copyright rules. The fact that he spends virtually all of his free time on youtube probably helped too. When he is not making movies, he is watching them!
To celebrate his new found freedom, Aaron has uploaded one of his favorite films, which was previously too long for youtube (he doesn’t like uploading videos in parts). Here it is, “Deadly Seduction” Uncut, uninterrupted and commercial free!
Facebook is spreading out all over the web with its new ‘Like’ buttons. The like buttons we’ve seen for a while on facebook will now be showing up on sites all over the web. If you read a story or a blog post, listen to some music, check out a photo or watch a video that you like, you can click on the like button, giving a thumbs up to the content. This basically means you’d recommend the content to your friends and the link will be added to your facebook newsfeed.
I think this is a smart move for Facebook, which will now be all over the web. I’ve just added a wordpress plugin to this blog, which places Facebook’s like button at the bottom of each post. Go ahead and give a click to the thumbs up button below this paragraph. If you are signed into your facebook account your thumbs up and avatar will show up on this post and a link will be added to your facebook wall.