Saturday, February 23, 2013

Tea, Earl Gray, Hot.

So I found this article on Discovery yesterday, and I just thought it was plain awesome.
Scientists have created a 3D printer that specializes in food. Yes, food. It uses different food bases to create basic food structures that mimic the taste, nutrition, and texture of hundreds of different foods.   The Fab@Home printer is being looked at by NASA to be used on the ISS to create a little more appetizing foods for the astronauts up there.
It’s not quite the replicator from Star Trek: The Next Generation, but it comes pretty close. It can’t quite print out a hot cup of Earl Gray tea, or even a steak for that matter, but it is still a work in progress and has great options for the future.
You might not be seeing one in everybody’s house soon though. Right now it is best built for extreme outposts, like the ISS or an artic outpost. The printer is not very good at making complex foods like hamburgers, or mimicking the shape while retaining the same taste.  But we will have to see how this turns out in the future!

The Maker Moment

Hi guys!  Today I am going to be talking mainly about this one article. This article, from the Make: blog, talks about probably the most important step in the Maker Movement, called the Maker Moment. This moment is when the economy changes from middle class jobs rising up a corporate ladder, to a much more fluid, innovative, and personal economy.   The phrase used to compare is “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” 

 Millions are unemployed in America. Our economy is in shambles, and most of the working class jobs we had a couple of decades ago have been taken up by technology, or they weren't necessary in the first place. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that we are moving past the needs of these jobs. We are getting rid of the large corporate companies that have millions of people at their disposal.   Our economy is becoming more global and innovative. We are in need of small businesses with big ideas instead of large businesses with big money. We need to be competitive in the new world market, and having an economy that fosters growth and innovation, instead of quantity and making big money for the corporate few, is going to put us at the forefront of creation for the new future.