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Old 22nd Jul 2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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The Chemputer: it's a computer that prints matter

remember the Universal Constructor in Deus Ex?
it could render organic or inorganic material at the press of a button?
yeah they're trying to do that now.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/20...ints-out-drugs

this guy Lee Cronin heads up a team of 45 scientists at Glasgow University where they're developing a machine that can construct complex molecules to create inorganic life. the goal was to eventually create life from scratch. but then he had an epiphany; maybe this machine is also capable of translating and rendering "downloadable chemistry" the same way that a CNC auto lathe creates 3D parts using 2D schematics.

in theory people will be able to literally "print out" their own pharmaceuticals.
and technically this means you could reproduce any type of drug that you have the plans for.
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Old 22nd Jul 2012, 08:28 PM   #2
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And no company or group will ever show any interest or research funds unless it can also replicate the thousands of years of heat and pressure needed to create indistinguishable diamonds.
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Old 22nd Jul 2012, 10:25 PM   #3
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As far as I'm aware, diamonds aren't remotely rare or valuable. Artificial scarcity is manufactured by De Beers, et al.

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capitalism will stop this from working.

Humanity needs to evolve beyond greed.
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Old 22nd Jul 2012, 11:31 PM   #5
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And no company or group will ever show any interest or research funds unless it can also replicate the thousands of years of heat and pressure needed to create indistinguishable diamonds.
Already been done.
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Can it print a device that lets me control the global weather patterns at will? If not, it is worthless to me.
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Old 28th Jul 2012, 02:51 PM   #7
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Zxan, I always imagine you the guy from Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. lol

I liked that movie too.
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as long as it lets me print THC and cocaine...
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Can it print a device that lets me control the global weather patterns at will? If not, it is worthless to me.
Learn to play the HAARP.
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Old 28th Jul 2012, 03:02 PM   #10
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Cool. If you hadn't said the Deus Ex thing, it would have been 'meh'.
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