Building a Bionic Ear | MIT Technology Review

This is fascinating:

“Lab-made organs could do more than just serve as ready options for patients in need: with the right blend of biology and materials science, they might even be able to endow people with superhuman abilities. 

That’s what researchers at Princeton University see as the future of tissue engineering, and they believe 3-D printing is the way there. Michael McAlpine and members of his lab recently reported that a 3-D printer could build a bionic ear capable of detecting frequencies a million times higher than the normal range of hearing.”

via Building a Bionic Ear | MIT Technology Review.

I keep suggesting to people that 3D printing will usher in a much greater disruption that simply making it easier for people to manufacture some simple good but disrupt markets we often think as completely controlled by the state or very large companies. For example health care. What kind of disruptions would it cause if you could go to someone in your local area and have a prosthetic printed? What about drugs, both medical and recreational, designed specifically for your bio-chemistry using large sets of data generated by long term nano sensors that track large numbers of biomarkers? What will happen when you combine the quantified self-movement, bio hackers, and the dark economy? Will people use these same technologies to weaponize themselves, develop homemade WMD, targeted bio-weapons, or even things like highly precise rockets and explosive penetrators? Interesting times.

This is fascinating:

“Lab-made organs could do more than just serve as ready options for patients in need: with the right blend of biology and materials science, they might even be able to endow people with superhuman abilities. 

That’s what researchers at Princeton University see as the future of tissue engineering, and they believe 3-D printing is the way there. Michael McAlpine and members of his lab recently reported that a 3-D printer could build a bionic ear capable of detecting frequencies a million times higher than the normal range of hearing.”

via Building a Bionic Ear | MIT Technology Review.

I keep suggesting to people that 3D printing will usher in a much greater disruption that simply making it easier for people to manufacture some simple good but disrupt markets we often think as completely controlled by the state or very large companies. For example health care. What kind of disruptions would it cause if you could go to someone in your local area and have a prosthetic printed? What about drugs, both medical and recreational, designed specifically for your bio-chemistry using large sets of data generated by long term nano sensors that track large numbers of biomarkers? What will happen when you combine the quantified self-movement, bio hackers, and the dark economy? Will people use these same technologies to weaponize themselves, develop homemade WMD, targeted bio-weapons, or even things like highly precise rockets and explosive penetrators? Interesting times.

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