From the Editor: When Technologies Collide
In this issue, Samir "Mr. Magazine" Husni makes a bold statement bordering on the downright eccentric: "If we can imagine a day when print may no longer exist, why do we not imagine the reverse; a day when digital may disappear?" It seems a very odd prediction, but if history teaches us anything, it is that we should rule nothing out. The other day I was reading an article in Foreign Affairs (more convergence!) about the coming revolution in digital fabrication, which will allow machines similar to 3-D printers to manufacture anything, on demand. As with the history of computing, the author sees this technology as eventually trickling down to the individual level—"personal fabrication," Star Trek replicator style. Imagine being able to ask a machine to create the latest issue of People, and it appears, right in front of you. Could this unexpected use of a new technology— a new way to manufacture and deliver print—supersede digital reading devices?
The possibilities are intriguing.