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The Chemputer: it's a computer that prints matter

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Jacks:Revenge, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. Jacks:Revenge

    Jacks:Revenge ╠╣E╚╚O

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    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/2012/jul/21/chemputer-that-prints-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.
     
  2. NRG

    NRG Master Console Hater

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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.
     
  3. cryptophreak

    cryptophreak unbalanced

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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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  4. Big-Al

    Big-Al amateur de bière

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    capitalism will stop this from working.

    Humanity needs to evolve beyond greed.
     
  5. Agent_5

    Agent_5 Replica?

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    Already been done.
     
  6. Zxanphorian

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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. :mad:
     
  7. Jackal

    Jackal Crapass

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    Zxan, I always imagine you the guy from Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. lol

    I liked that movie too.
     
  8. Jacks:Revenge

    Jacks:Revenge ╠╣E╚╚O

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    as long as it lets me print THC and cocaine...
     
  9. Zur

    Zur surrealistic mad cow

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    Learn to play the HAARP.
     
  10. Gir

    Gir Offensive mode!

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    Cool. If you hadn't said the Deus Ex thing, it would have been 'meh'.
     

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