Our poor planet

Invited to the Coburn Ventures‘ annual gathering as a “thought leader” this week, for the fourth year in a row! – always a fun gathering of the best and most interesting thinkers (thought leaders + investment professionals) from around the globe, pondering the future direction of various technologies on business and humanity.

What to wear…always the question.

So to the intertoobz I go. And it struck me: why am I internet shopping in exactly the same way I have been since, well, pretty much the beginning of ecommerce? Searching based on some key words, ending up on a store’s website with a bunch of thumbnails, mostly on young gazelles who I think I could probably stick two of into one of my dresses…maybe there’s a filter, sometimes even with filtering categories I care about. Ordering 2, 3, 4 alternatives – which will be returned if not right.

Such a waste. Of time, of delivery gasoline…of raw materials. I am imagining the mountains of clothing, made in amounts forecast to be roughly correct – but then it’s 60 degrees in November in New York, and they all waste away in some warehouse, somewhere. Or in stores….some end up in outlet stores…some go back to the manufacturers, only for some to be sent to online clearance sites…or some far away country, dumped on a market that cares less about trend.

Sigh. Our poor planet.

Where’s my 3d printed clothing, made to my (scanned) body size, to my specs? What if I am not a 20 year old gazelle, and I want the skirt to be a few inches longer? Shorter?

Why has there been so little disintermediation in the way we shop and dress ourselves?

I ponder this as I push the “buy” button, and pay and extra $20 for fast delivery, contemplating all the bells, widgets, gizmos and wheels which immediately starting turning in response. And think back to this blog entry, which was based on a lot of thinking I did in 2006. 10 years!!

Our poor planet.

Presenting 3d printing

Hah! An action shot of me presenting at the Empiricist League about 2 years ago, on the future impact of 3D printing….dug up by a friend of mine.

Proud I am.

I was presenting after George Musser (former senior editor for Scientific American and the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to String Theory) and Chuck Blake (former research scientist at the Laboratory for Computer Science at MIT) – both very hard acts to follow. Yoda was my attempt at humor, following people of that caliber! Eeks!

Think I carried it off 😉

And yes, I really do think 3D printing will change EVERYTHING.

If you’re interested, here’s the presentation I gave.

Oh and if you’re ever in Brooklyn when there’s an Empiricist League meetup, definitely go! The organizers are geniuses at attracting amazing, world class speakers. I was honored to be included.

Linda Ricci - 3d pinring and the paradox of time

Quantifying apparel

3d printed textiles / apparel

Fascinating work on invisibly embedding technology that measures us throughout the day (and night?)…someday wearables will be disposable, 3D printed textile-based “devices” that can measure whatever we, and our doctors deem important (or maybe…not so important; I call that navel gazing); then our pharma printers can supply us with our customized supplements and medicines to compensate for whatever we need.

Kayak for 3D Printing “3DPrintler” Turns Down 7-Figure Investment Offer

What an great idea! With the plethora of 3D printing services popping up, instead of having to upload a model to each, choose the materials and do a price comparison – this is brilliant. Of course 3D printing isn’t generic though, if you’re not printing on the same machine / resolution and quality. Still, what a fabulous idea.

Read more at 3D Printing Industry.

I’m presenting at The Empiricist League Tuesday, June 11th

If you want to see me in action, I’m presenting Tuesday (tomorrow) night on the “Future of Fast….How 3D printing is speeding up how we make everything” for the Empiricist League in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

I’m be touching on different aspects of 3D printing, from architectural applications through to bioprinting livers cells and skin grafts…and manufacturing, where I’ll be showing some very specific examples of how I use it to help bring products to market, quickly (in my case, jewelry!).

My speech is following George Musser, a former senior editor for Scientific American and the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to String Theory, and Chuck Blake (a former research scientist at the Laboratory for Computer Science at MIT) so – big boots to fill! No pressure at all lol.

Here are links to some of the great source articles I used to pull this talk together: