The weather is warming up, and this week in tech news was filled with hot headlines. 3D printing continues to find new uses and headlines this week indicate that researchers have found ways to use it to save lives by printing food and medical implants. In other news, The Webby Awards honour the creator of the “gif”, the 2012 “word of the year,” with a lifetime achievement award.
It seems like technology is changing everything from what we eat to how we heal to what we say. Consider this week’s news and ask yourself, with new gadgets coming out everyday, how do existing technologies continue to change how we live?
Hungry? Just Press Print
Anjan Contractor’s view of the future is one without hunger. More specifically, according to Mashable, he envisions a world where people get “customized, nutritionally-appropriate meals synthesized one layer at a time, from cartridges of powder and oils they buy at the corner grocery store.” Printing out food using 3D printing technology could mean the end of food waste and potentially “change our perception of what we see as food,” says Contractor. He is developing 3D-printed food with the support of a NASA issued grant and will begin building a “pizza printer” within two weeks.
Learn more about this developing story here:
- NASA Funds 3D Pizza Printer – SPACE.com
- NASA-Funded 3D FOOD Printer: Could It End World Hunger? – Time Magazine
3D-Printing Stint Saves Baby’s Life
It seems like printing food isn’t the only way that 3D printing technology is being used to save lives. This week, doctors used plastic particles and a 3D laser printer to create a airway splint for an Ohio baby. The splint was created using 100 tiny tubes printed out by a 3D laser printer to help Kaiba Gionfriddo breath freely.
Read more on this story here:
- 3D Printing of Airway Tube Helps Save U.S. Baby – CBC News
- 3D Printed Medical Device Saves a Life for the First Time – US News
- 3D Printing: What is it, and how does it work? – CTV News
Earlier, rdigitaLIFE talked to Thiago Caires, a biomedical Engineer and co-founder of Bionik Laboratories Inc. about advancements in biomedical technology. Though this technology presents exciting opportunities, it also raises questions like: How will 3D printing change medical practice? Are technologies enabling us to play God? What are the risks of being able to alter our natural bodies with a higher functioning tech alternative?
Watch his interview for the answers:
It’s Pronounced ‘Jif’
After years of debate, the creator of the GIF has ended the long-standing mystery. “It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif,”’ he told the New York Times, “End of story.” Steve Wilhite invented the Graphics Interchange Format in 1987 and it has since become a format for sharing information and opinions in a quick, easy to digest manor on the Internet. In fact, the GIF is now so popular that last year the Oxford English Dictionary honoured him with “word of the year.” Last Tuesday, Wilhite received a lifetime achievement award at The Webby Awards.
Having technology terms become part of our everyday jargon causes us to question: How does technology change how we speak? How do new media formats impact how we share our opinions and communicate with each other?
Click here to read the original article and check out these links for more:
- Oxford Dictionaries USA Word of the Year 2012
- GIF creator: It’s pronounced JIF! – The Week
- It’s settled! Creator tells us how to pronounce ‘GIF’ – CNN
By: Ishani Nath (@ishaninath)