Monday, October 1, 2012

Freedom

Via Boing Boing, this:
Cody Wilson planned in the coming weeks to make and test a 3-D printed pistol. Now those plans have been put on hold as desktop-manufacturing company Stratasys pulled the lease on a printer rented out for Wiki Weapon, the internet project lead by Wilson and dedicated to sharing open-source blueprints for 3-D printed guns. Stratasys even sent a team to seize the printer from Wilson’s home.

“They came for it straight up,” Cody Wilson, director of Defense Distributed, the online collective that oversees the Wiki project, tells Danger Room. “I didn’t even have it out of the box.” Wilson, who is a second-year law student at the University of Texas at Austin, had leased the printer earlier in September after his group raised $20,000 online. As well as using the funds to build a pistol, the Wiki Weapon project aimed to eventually provide a platform for anyone to share 3-D weapons schematics online. Eventually, the group hoped, anyone could download the open source blueprints and build weapons at home.
That is a weird hope to have.

8 comments:

mikey said...

Yeah, but it's gonna happen. Somebody better figure out the rules...

Substance McGravitas said...

They figured out rules for file-sharing right? So no problem.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

come on, it's not like you can't make pretty effective weapons at home already.

Ask Tim McVeigh.

Smut Clyde said...

Frank Herbert had the weird notion once that if information for making powerful weapons were freely available, we would be forced to evolve to a new power arrangement where no-one was exploited or marginalised.

Or else we might just clamp down on the concept of "information availability".

Another Kiwi said...

Yes, our home printer which can just about handle a shopping list is gonna do real good innit.

tigris said...

There are open source plans for the 3-D printers, I'm kind of surprised they leased a ready-made.

mikey said...

The key is when they can go from thermoplastic media to something like an advanced carbon or ceramic that can actually stand up to the heat and pressures generated.

This is gonna make for a pretty good dystopian near-future book. Everybody home-brewing drones and weapons in a battle for food and expertise such as doctors and engineers. A whole new take on the concept of "Human Capital"...

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Eventually, the group hoped, anyone could download the open source blueprints and build weapons at home.

You never know when a horde of ninjas will besiege your house, thus necessitating GUNS! GUNS! GUNS!