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Startup by Jerry Kaplan

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By Jerry Kaplan

Jerry Kaplan had a dream: he might redefine the identified universe (and get very wealthy) via making a new type of laptop. All he wanted was once sixty million cash, a number of hundred staff, a maniacal trust in his skill to win the Silicon Valley startup video game. Kaplan, a well known determine within the machine undefined, based pass company in 1987, and for a number of years it used to be one of many most popular new ventures within the Valley. Startup tells the tale of Kaplan's wild trip: how he assembled an excellent yet fractious staff of engineers, software program designers, and traders; pioneered the rising marketplace for handheld pcs operated with a pen rather than a keyboard; and careened from predicament to hindrance with out ever wasting his ardour for his progressive suggestion. alongside the way in which, Kaplan vividly recreates his encounters with eccentric staff, risk-addicted enterprise capitalists, and giants equivalent to invoice Gates and John Sculley. And not anyone -- together with Kaplan himself -- is spared his sharp wit.

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Then we would turn the scan data into a design file and re-create exact replicas of the cuneiforms on a 3D printer. 19 A machine that can make almost anything Image courtesy of Cornell University. Curator David I. Owen; Design: Natasha Gangjee; Photo by Jason Koski If our experiment worked, we figured that the next time he went abroad, my colleague could convince the local authorities to let him CT scan priceless local artifacts. Then he could send the design information to a nearby (or distant) 3D printer to share with anybody else on the planet.

Could it be that my salty old car mechanic got it wrong after all? Maybe you can have it done good, fast, and cheap, no compromises necessary. But maybe he wasn’t wrong. There’s more to the story than at first meets the eye. Mass production is riddled with hidden costs and delays. If you consider the big picture from the perspective of a company rather than the consumer, mass production is not cheap. Nor is the process of transforming a design concept into a mass-produced product particularly fast.

Perhaps one day, 3D printed robotic life forms will emerge from the printer complete with batteries, sensors, and circuit-brain already inside. New-born 3D printed robots will take their first hesitant baby steps out of the print bed and put their electronic circuitry to work learning their way around. Perhaps someday 3D printed robots will return to their 3D printer to invent new features for their “birth machine,” for a health check, to recalibrate or replace printed parts. Faxing things The ultimate convergence will arrive when we effortlessly shape-shift between being physical and being virtual, when physical objects smoothly transition from bits to atoms and atoms to bits.

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