I find the $1B investment by GE very comforting when thinking about the future of additive manufacturing. Some of the biggest challenges preventing AM from becoming mainstream is the technological inefficiencies associated with the process. As we advance the processes, costs will reduce and impact will increase, but it will take manufacturing giants like GE with the available capital resources to fund these advancements in AM.
Very cool to think about the future of AM within the aerospace industry. While I would want to get certain AM processes safety-approved for more critical components of the plane, I agree that this is a strong contender for the future of airplane manufacturing. I think the biggest concern is that the technology does not exist to create large parts all at once, so I would want to see airline manufacturers to start investing heavily in AM process development before I’d buy into the idea that it will take over the traditional manufacturing process.
While reading this, I could not help but think of the open source platform the Obama administration implemented. Whenever a certain number of “likes” were made on a specific post, the administration promised to post a response. Unfortunately, while there were good things posted, many questions were extraneous, politically charged, or just ignorant. I would be afraid that the same would happen here and therefore agree with Howard Hughes’s comment that the government should simply have better people elected/appointed.
I both agree and disagree with M.S.’s points. Personally, I think Lily should expand the program, but under a more structured system that gives them more rights to any discoveries made in the program. Currently, this is basically a pro bono system as there is no requirement for the startups to eventually partner with Lily. Under a new structure, I would want Lily to have first right to partner with the new drug developer, but if there is no deal, to have a small royalty to cover R&D costs that were amassed during drug development.
This was very fascinating, I didn’t realize Alphabet was working so heavily on smart cities. While I agree with the notion of high-powered machine learning cities, we can’t dismiss the fact that there is still limitations on our current quantitative computing power. I don’t think we’ll be able to truly realize the capability of machine learning in this space until we solve the problem of quantum computing.
Very interesting read, did not know about the anticipatory distribution, but it makes sense. However, I’d be curious to know how they handle all those that share accounts. For example if I have a sibling in LA who hovers over toilet paper, but the main account is mine and I’m in New York, do they anticipate delivery to NYC or LA? I wonder if this will lead Amazon to offer a family account option that allows individuals to login as themselves, but with a shared cost structure.