“Jobs will come back to America because you’ll be able to make things again, [and] remember this is early technology here. However, those aren’t manufacturing jobs, they aren’t labour union jobs, they aren’t dolt jobs, per se. You will be able to make anything you need. So our economy in the entire world is turned upside down. You don’t need little slave children in China to make stuff. The Replicator 2000 [sic] will do it for you.”
The tech blogs are picking up on a segment that Glenn Beck did on 3D printers this week. It’s really tiresome that nearly every mention has to include wording that goes something like this: “you may not agree with conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, but…” and from Venture Beat: “the most interesting thing about the whole segment is that some of Beck’s points are valid.” I’ve certainly never seen those same type of disclaimers used with equally partison people such as Rachel Maddow or Thom Hartmann on the other side of the aisle.
But I digress.
So the Beck segment is pretty darn good, and he shows a better understanding of 3D printing and its future than most in the non-technology media. With a Makerbot Replicator 2 on his desk printing out a model of a shark, he talks about how 3D printers are going to change manufacturing, bring jobs back to America, spawn new government regulation due to intellectual property and weapon issues, and more.
Watch the segment in the video at the top of the article.