Wow, I never really considered the application of 3D printing in the food industry sector! Your article did a nice job exploring the different implementations of this technology. I’m not sure, however, that outside of the novelty of 3D printing that this would be a cost effective alternative to their traditional food production. To answer your last question, I do not think that processed foods (to include pasta) are answers to providing healthy foods to less developed countries. I think the bigger issue there is how to improve supply chain processes and establish infrastructure to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to these impoverished communities.
This was such a cool article! I love Amazon, but I did not know they used to crowdsource ideas for content within their studios function. In response to your question of whether Amazon should have kept the program simply as a marketing gimmick, I think it would be a mistake for them to do so. Consumers are really smart, and if they did not see the company using any of the user generated content there would be a big backlash against the company. Additionally, I do not think the cost of maintaining the platform for some small level of PR would have been worth the risk of alienating a large portion of their consumer base.
Wow, what an interesting piece on a company I was unfamiliar prior to reading your article! I tend to agree with some of the other comments that as a first mover in using crowd sourcing in the beauty industry, Natura could have a relative advantage in building their brand in the mind of their target demographic. Furthermore, consumers may have the impression that the products are more personal due to their own involvement in their creation. This coupled with word of mouth advertising could help drive sales and further increase revenues with no additional costs incurred to the company.
Thank you for your insightful article, it was really interesting to learn about how this new technology can be applied in unexpected areas-specifically disaster relief. Especially in developing countries where infrastructure can disrupt important aid distribution and repair, I enjoyed reading about how 3D printing can be applied to help solve the issue of first repair and ultimately the underlying medical issue of proving a clean water source to prevent the spread of disease. Like you, I appreciate how additive manufacturing has the potential to streamline the supply chain of aid organizations. However, I have two main concerns. The first is whether or not the exhorbant cost of 3D printing is the best use of resources or could money be better spent elsewhere. Secondly, is there true sustainability for maintaining a 3D printer for further community development?
Thank you for all the work you put into this soghtful article. It is obvious you have a passion for this industry. As I was reading your article, it made me wonder whether or not customers can assume Tala would act “ethically” as you hypothesized. In today’s world of big data, selling macro data is a huge concern amongst society in addition to the added security risk of someone stealing this type of information. Especially in the world of personal finance outside of conventional banking, I wonder how Tala and other fintech companies can build trust when consumers have seen egregiously mismanaged data collection by other big tech firms?
This was such an interesting article, thanks for your insight! I had not thought about the complexities of flight outside of controlling the actual aircraft and the complexities of taking off and landing. I think that until we see full implementation and success of automated cars, society will not accept ADS-B decoupling pilots from the aircraft. Although flying is statistically safer than driving, people still have an irrational fear of flying that would absolutely amplify if machine learning replaced human control. However, people are already aware of aircraft using autopilot to help fly, so if this system were explained in the same way it could have a greater chance of success.