Re: [Houstonshakers] Sharing

From: Sumit
Sent on: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 12:37 AM
Concept of zipcar is good and convenient but it is expensive compared to traditional car rental.

Peer to peer sharing is a good concept when we want to reduce or reuse the 'STUFF' we love to buy and store in our garage. But renting the car could be totally different than say sharing your lawnmower or car pooling. This idea is catching up. You guys know about AirBnB. Check out these sites.

Relayrides.com - insured car sharing with neighbors.
Zimride.com - ride sharing among coworkers and students
Thredup.com
Freecycle.org
Neighborgoods.net
Bookcrossing.com

3D printers are the future of how we make things at home but still have long way to go (as of now). Right now you can make plastic toys that look like molded plastic airplane or train or a car. it is a promising technology but now you can just make an item looking like a model of actual. Staples is trying 3D printing service in Europe (not is US anytime soon). This is an amazing technology which will redefine manufacturing same way how internet revolutionized generation and consumption of information.
Disney is trying to use it to manufacture toys,
Organovo's 3-D bioprinter can now create blood vessels and connective tissue. Will it someday fabricate entire organs?
Researchers from Washington State University have already tested out the 3-D printing bone technology on rats and rabbits, with promising results.

check out this article
http://www.fastcompany.com/pics/disturbing-disgusting-and-different-uses-3-dimensional-printing#8

I am sure there will be laws against using it (Hope is by that time there will be tougher gun control laws if the politicians have woken up after Friday's incident). But certain humans in the society have always used the technology for destructive purposes including internet. 




From: Judy Chang <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Monday, December 17,[masked]:13 PM
Subject: [Houstonshakers] Sharing

TShakes,
 
I hope that everyone is doing well. I just watched Robin Chase's TED talk on how she came up with her with the concept behind her company Zipcar, and how she has now ventured into another realm of car sharing, mainly renting your car for the weekend. I first discovered Zipcars in Austin this year. The cars were scattered throughout downtown Austin, you can rent it for 30 mins - whatever time, and you don't have to return it to the same place that you got it. No agent is involved, just a kiosk that you insert your credit card into and boom, you've got a car. What peaked my interest was her innovative foresight to start a risky company like Zipcars. I'm not going to lie, I scoffed at the sight of it, and at the person who I was with for loving it. But look at it now... Check out her talk, I'd like to hear what your opinion is on her new company, Buzzcar. Do you think that will ever work in America?
Now in light of everything that happened this past weekend, I read an article in The Atlantic that raised an issue that I never thought about. There has been many heated arguments over gun control (I've had a couple this weekend), but what stood out in this article was the imminent threat of gun production with 3D printers. Now I have no knowledge on this new technology (I'll be contacting our next Second Sunday speaker about this), but the columnist points out a scary fact, we can literally download a blue print for a semi automatic (DIY google), scan it, print it, and shoot it. I do realize that the technology is not quite there yet, but it is evolving at an accelerated pace, and sooner than later the technology will be readily available to everyone. So my question is: Does this trouble you? Would there be a way to plant some kind of device/software where certain things cannot be printed out?
 
Second Sunday V
There are only 10 spots available for the meeting. I highly suggest that if you plan to go and have not RSVP to please do so now.
 
Regards,
 
JC




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