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How 3D Printing Is Ushering In an Era of Permissionless Innovation: New at Reason

From DIY guns to designer drugs, classic-car parts, and human livers, 3D printing promises a dynamic and uncontrollable world.

STEPHEN LAM/REUTERS/NewscomSTEPHEN LAM/REUTERS/NewscomIn the very near future, governments will lose the ability to keep guns, drones, and other forbidden goods out of the hands of their subjects. They'll also be rendered impotent to enforce trade and technology embargoes. Power is shifting from the state to individuals and small groups courtesy of additive manufacturing—aka 3D printing—technology.

Additive manufacturing is poised to revolutionize whole industries—destroying some jobs while creating new opportunities. That's according to a recent report from the prestigious RAND Corporation, and there's plenty of evidence to support the dynamic and "disruptive" view of the future that the report promises.

It's all pretty cool, writes J.D. Tuccille, if you look forward to a future that just won't fit under rulers' thumbs.

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