Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Weird Science

You can now DOWNLOAD a gun.

Law student, Cody Wilson, is leading a "downloadable" gun project.  His project, Defense Distributed, is crowdsourcing downloadable 3D CAD work, so anyone with a 3D printer can "print" out a gun.

Now, back in my day of 3D CAD printers, we focused on building a Gratifying Insertion Reality Labratory, better known as a GIRL.

But as the technology is outrunning our understanding of what questions to ask, our good friend Cody is stuck on "What is a gun?"

"You're learning so much about the world  So much about... It's the must instructive thing I've ever done, it's the most brilliant period of creation I've ever had the privilege of being able to experience.

People begin with assumptions of: what is a gun? It needs to be able to maintain rigidity and structural form for the bolt thrust and the chamber pressure..

No, we're thinking like, break it down into it's most irreducible components, something extremely crude, like a canister with a hole in it."

A canister with a hole in it?  Maybe he is making a Gratifying Insertion Reality Labratory.

Cody wants us to have an adult conversation about "What is a gun?"  At one point, Cody asks "Is it art?"  This is like a debate that might take place in the War Room in Dr. Strangelove.   Perhaps we can convince the Ruskies that nuclear annihliation is just a performance art piece.

In this video, he really is flooded with good philosophical questions.  Of course, any other questions are not good.  In this post, he asks "How's that national conversation going?" before firing off a few rounds, of what I assume is a self-made gun.

I must give credit to his crowdsourcing team's engineering, he has made what looks to be a fully functional gu-- art piece.

I hope he succeeds at creating a national dialogue about gun existentialism.  I don't agree with him on much, but when Rep. Steven Israel today posed outlawing 3D printed gun magazines, I echo Cody's reaction:

"Good fucking luck."

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