Physibles: The Road To Printcrime  

Posted by Big Gav in ,

Cryptogon points to an announcement from "The Pirate Bay", outlining a new category that would seem to be a precursor to what Cory Doctorow dubbed "Printcrime" - New Category on The Pirate Bay: Physibles.

New category.

We’re always trying to foresee the future a bit here at TPB. One of the things that we really know is that we as a society will always share. Digital communication has made that a lot easier and will continue to do so. And after the internets evolutionized data to go from analog to digital, it’s time for the next step.

Today most data is born digitally. It’s not about the transition from analog to digital anymore. We don’t talk about how to rip anything without losing quality since we make perfect 1 to 1 digital copies of things. Music, movies, books, all come from the digital sphere. But we’re physical people and we need objects to touch sometimes as well!

We believe that the next step in copying will be made from digital form into physical form. It will be physical objects. Or as we decided to call them: Physibles. Data objects that are able (and feasible) to become physical. We believe that things like three dimensional printers, scanners and such are just the first step. We believe that in the nearby future you will print your spare sparts for your vehicles. You will download your sneakers within 20 years.

The benefit to society is huge. No more shipping huge amount of products around the world. No more shipping the broken products back. No more child labour. We’ll be able to print food for hungry people. We’ll be able to share not only a recipe, but the full meal. We’ll be able to actually copy that floppy, if we needed one.

We believe that the future of sharing is about physible data. We’re thinking of temporarily renaming ourselves to The Product Bay – but we had no graphical artist around to make a logo. In the future, we’ll download one.

4 comments

Most of their product predictions are 3D printing applications. 3D printing is the biggest change driver in the world today, mind blowing possibilities and impacts on society.

That's what its all about - 3d printing.

One more note - apparently Philip K Dick explored a similar idea back in 1956 (though in his case the replication mechanism were aliens rather than 3d printers) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pay_for_the_Printer

Simialrly f you read the Diamond Age:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Diamond_Age
The "feed" supplies this kind of use.

Anonymous   says 3:28 AM

And as empowering tools, 3D printing could even bring new political possibilities: http://yannickrumpala.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/additive-manufacturing-as-global-redesigning-of-politics/

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