As yet, I possess no stove, no toilet, no bathtub and and no bed. In fact, there are no physical objects in my flat whatsoever, except for my two roll-aboard suitcases, this Taiwanese netbook, and one metric tonne of natural ABS plastic on a giant wooden cable reel. The cable reel doubles as the coffee table on which I write this informative blogpost.
But the key insight is – they’re not possessions. Possessions are over. They are data! Data which sometimes manifests itself as my possessions.This is the essence of the 3D printing paradigm: the data is of value. Objects are mere transitory instances that can be used, or not.
But now I do have to stop. I simply must. I must put away the Red Bull cans, and stop clicking and typing. I have to stop, so I can print my bed.I have to print my bed, so that I can lie in it.