Progress is in the air. The Information Age, fueled by the advent of the internet, is finally hitting its stride. Almost anyone is instantly able to transmit large amounts of data to millions of people anywhere in the world. 3-D printing is revolutionizing manufacturing in ways we only dreamed possible in science fiction. The future is here. Nothing can stop us now. Who would want to, anyway?
Apparently, some people actually do want to rain on the great progress parade. And, surprise surprise, it’s the usual suspects: government.
Efforts to regulate the internet, in the form of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the Protect IP Act (PIPA), and the Cyber Intelligence and Sharing Protection Act (CISPA) all failed in their initial attempts. However, now CISPA is back with a vengeance. While at the time of this writing its passage is still less than a slam-dunk, its reemergence proves that some people in authority are hell-bent on hampering the greatest information distribution mechanism the world has ever known.
3-D printing isn’t safe either. Already, several patents have become the boogeymen against progress in this domain. At least the Electronic Frontier Foundation is fighting back against this racket. Too bad they have to. Too bad we can’t leave society and technology to progress in peace.
We are on the verge of something spectacular. Vast, ridiculous amounts of knowledge are finally within reach for most of the world. Manifacturing has begun to slip into an era of unlimited possibilities with 3-D printing. And yet, in this dream age, there are still those who would use force and violence to try to curb progress and maintain human misery under the guise of looking out for our protection and interests. These anti-progressives form the planet’s governments, and tirelessly apply the brakes on human triumph and achievement.
May this whole concept of government one day enter the dustbin of history.