feb 12th, 2011
the end of 'satanic mills'? this could be a disruptive technology.
the implications are enormous: mass customization will be easier, and, perhaps more importantly, people don't all need to migrate to cities to be in enormous factories.
that might well be the end-run in my ongoing debate with san et al about the desirability of urban migration. if you can sit in a village and still manufacture, why would you go to cities and create ghettos?
my personal belief is that cities above a certain size, say that of san francisco or boston, are beginning to be counterproductive, despite all the various charms of urban living. the cost of sustaining large cities -- eg. their subway systems -- is enormous.