disruption

The 3-D Printing Revolution | Harvard Business Review

The Harvard Business Review on the use of 3-D printing and its implications on manufacturing industries.

Industrial 3-D printing is at a tipping point, about to go mainstream in a big way. Most executives and many engineers don’t realize it, but this technology has moved well beyond prototyping, rapid tooling, trinkets, and toys.

How fast will all this happen? For a given business, here’s how fast it can happen: The U.S. hearing aid industry converted to 100% additive manufacturing in less than 500 days, according to one industry CEO, and not one company that stuck to traditional manufacturing methods survived.

500 days.

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On 15.04.15 a few hundred people came together on Whitehall road,London,  to protest against the treatment towards homeless people in the UK. Since David Cameron became prime minister homelessness has increased by 55% which really does emphasise how the current government benefits the rich and burdens those otherwise. There is also a staggering number of around 73,000 houses empty throughout London and created an anger from the people as those homeless are consistently kicked out of their squats just for wanting to keep warm.

Throughout this protest there was chanting of the words‘Who’s streets? Our streets’, disruption to traffic and a food stall giving free food away- baring in mind the organisation who did this was unfunded, giving away food out of their own incomes. It proves that when the people come together and unite, there can be a change. This may be a small example of a few hundred people but, it gives you a strong sense of something than could be achieved if a few thousand came together. No war but the class war.

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Netflix Was Supposed to Kill Cable, So Why Is It Begging to Join Cable?

Netflix is in serious talks with Comcast and other pay-TV providers to hop onto the cable bundle as a stand-alone channel. Add it to the list of tech companies—Apple, Google, Microsoft, Intel—who have internally debated trying to “disrupt” the cable TV business, but have wound up working with the cable companies (e.g.: Apple, Xbox) or simply built their own cable equivalent (Google Fiber TV). 

For those who already have cable, Netflix, and an Web TV box, this might change nothing. But it’s a potential landmark moment in the pay-TV wars, precisely because it shows that the battle between Internet and traditional TV isn’t as bloody as some analysts like to pretend—at least, not yet.

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I’m actually embarrassed that it took me until then to make the connection, particularly given I used to host the startup competition at a technology conference called “TechCrunch Disrupt.” The original Silicon Valley meaning of a disruptive company was one that used its small size to shake up a bigger industry or bloated competitor. Increasingly, though, the conference stage was filled with brash, Millennial entrepreneurs vowing to “Disrupt” real-world laws and regulations in the same way that me stealing your dog is Disrupting the idea of pet ownership. On more than one occasion a judge would ask an entrepreneur “Is this legal?” to which the reply would inevitably come: “Not yet.” The audience would laugh and applaud. What chutzpah! So Disruptive!

The truth is, what Silicon Valley still calls “Disruption” has evolved into something very sinister indeed. Or perhaps “evolved” is the wrong word: The underlying ideology — that all government intervention is bad, that the free market is the only protection the public needs, and that if weaker people get trampled underfoot in the process then, well, fuck ‘em — increasingly recalls one that has been around for decades. Almost seven decades in fact, since Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead” first put her on the radar of every spoiled trust fund brat looking for an excuse to embrace his or her inner asshole.

Bob Lefsetz:

Just because cars have lasted a century, that does not mean they’re here to stay, that does not mean they’re not ripe for disruption. Cars are the newspapers of today. Something oldsters can’t live without and youngsters can.

The basic premise is you’ve got to go. How you get there is irrelevant. Furthermore, the costs of car ownership…the insurance and the gas, never mind the maintenance, none of them appeal to a youngster who believes all costs should be baked in.

A common mistake is thinking that just because something has been around for a long time, it’s impervious to disruption. If anything, the long incumbency makes it more ripe for disruption. Everything — everything — eventually gets disrupted. 

(And yes, I now hate using the word “disruption” as much as everyone else because it has basically been neutered of meaning and turned into pure marketing. But it’s simply the best term here.)

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A Review of Disruption: An Anthology

Full disclosure: at one point, I was slated to illustrate a short for Disruption with Zach Petit. Ultimately, I had no hand in the final product.

I didn’t think Disruption was going to be very good.

I don’t mean this as a slight to either of the editors. Simply, I think of online zines as a popularity contest, and I didn’t think anybody involved had enough visibility to attract the kind of talent required for a good product.

I was wrong about this.

Disruption is a sci-fi/fantasy anthology, loosely based around events that, well, disrupt the lives of the protagonists. Some shorts are fairly straightforward about this - in one short (Gestos), the whole world loses the ability to speak. Others subvert expectations about setting and character, leaving the reader to infer what the disruption is. While one story (Mechan Folly) relies on well-known sci-fi tropes, most of the shorts can be comfortably described as magical realism. Straight up, if it were me, I’d go ahead and just call it a “magical realism anthology”. No need to beat around the bush. If you’re part of the internet niche aware of this anthology, you probably don’t need your hand held.

Some pieces are weaker than others. Grovers drags up through the climax, though I can’t tell if this is more a fault of the writing or the illustration; Mechan Folly is competent, but neither particularly original or especially easy to follow. Friendship Comic takes a few reads to really get its point across, but I got a chuckle out of its meta-commentary on self-absorbed zine culture. The stars of Disruption are its remaining shorts - all of which are suprisingly strong, like, I’m not kidding you, this is no joke. 

Gestos, Topside, … (Untitled), A Break, and Monday round out the rest of the anthology. These are all super-strong artistically, though I will admit to wishing that (Untitled)’s dialogue was a little less artistic, and a little more legible. Gestos has an absolutely lovely palette. BUT

A Break ended up being my absolute favorite. Clay Lindvall, who both illustrated and wrote the short, managed to cram a lot of history and characterization into six pages, without ever feeling rushed. Pacing? Great. Art? Beautiful. I’d read more about these guys, and that’s not something I expect to say about anything coming out of an anthology. 

Long story short, Disruption is solid. It’s really solid. If you’re into supporting emerging creators, into diversity in representation, into people creating what they want to see in comics, not just talking about it - then drop five bucks on Disruption. Seriously, It’s five bucks.

Money well spent.

The Case Against Sharing by Susie Cagle

For the past few years, the “sharing economy” has characterized itself as a revolution: Renting a room on Airbnb or catching an Uber is an act of civil disobedience in the service of a righteous return to human society’s true nature of trust and village-building that will save the planet and our souls. A higher form of enlightened capitalism.

Read on…