When I was High School, I had the fun of going to Vo-Tech to study computers. My teacher decided it was my time to learn some problem-solving skills. He presented me with a computer that would not work. It could be software, it could be hardware, and it could be the outlet. Simply put he told me to fix it and I was given a short time period to give him a report. I tried turning it on, to no avail, I looked at the outlet and saw the power to the monitor and computer was plugged in. The monitor worked so the outlet was getting power. After staring at the computer, I shrugged my shoulders and returned to him to express my enigma. We walked over and turned the computer around to show me the power cord was unplugged. I was embarrassed, but he took that opportunity to teach me a valuable lesson. When you are trying to solve a problem, always start at the root and work your way out.
When the Aurora shootings happened, I had thought about writing about the incoherent rantings of some experts about social media and video games. Because we all know, inanimate objects tell their users what to do with their lives.
Actually, I do contend if video games had that power over users, this world we be a better place. Because I cannot tell you how many times I have saved the world, helped others and saved more money then I knew what to do with, in most video games I play.
Of course with Aurora came the call for more gun laws and as usual I tried to ignore the coverage. For me I find most of the coverage grating, filled with experts who provide more FUD then good insight and knowledge. And it is not that the experts are not qualified to talk about the subjects they are called upon to give insight, it is the fact that a fresh incident cannot be commented on that quick. And it is not that much fun to watch people conjecture about what laws we should make, and what thing we should ban when an incident like Aurora happens.
There are certain issues in the country I may have opinions about, but talking about those issues are futile. One such is the laws governing guns. Not that this is something that may or may not affect us all, but because I find the arguments ground in the middle of the sun. Both sides are so far away from reality that I cannot find myself supporting either side, because of lack of reality. It’s when I read something like this:
So, can you print a gun? Yep, you can and that’s exactly what somebody with the alias “HaveBlue” did.
I have to pause and see if people will accept reality, or simply still argue their points.
Sadly, they are still arguing their points…
3D Printers are starting to gain traction in the mainstream. 3D Printers are a technology that allows you, in the convenience of your own home, produce items with all sorts of materials (mainly plastic) right now. The technology is not exactly new but it is now picking up steam. 3D Printers are very tantalizing to my passion, game design, as it allows me to create board games for lower prices and from the comfort of my own home, versus outsourcing that side of production.
What 3D Printers represent is the idea Star Trek presented with Replicators.
“No more shipping huge amount of products around the world,” according to the blog post. “No more shipping broken products back. No more child labor. We’ll be able to print food for hungry people. We’ll be able to share not only a recipe, but the full meal.”
This technology is going to change our world in the near future. Revolution here we come.
Getting back to guns, the reality is the cat has been out of the bag for a long time, if you want to make a gun, you can, albeit a slow or long process depending on what you want to make. Now with 3D Printers people are experimenting and succeeding at making low cost guns. Now the catch right now is they are not able to make certain parts of the gun yet. However, eventually this technology will allow anyone to print any type of object they want to, with the right materials at a cheap price. The reality is passing a new law or hoping for people to change is wishful thinking. People will find ways to do what they want, regardless of laws.
As has been shown over and over again, there will be calls for regulations and bans. In addition, the business this type of technology disrupts will be forefront in calling for its ban and regulation. And such is life.
The real question is there a solution to problems such as Aurora. That answer is not as simple. However, with problems like Aurora we seem to want to place blame on everything but the root cause. Sure plenty of things could have contributed to why someone decides to commit crimes but still the root lies at them choosing to do such a thing. And blaming the shoe maker, will not do much to stem nor solve similar crimes from happening.