Teleportation Beta :
Proposal for a new, decentralized, local-global manufacturing network.
Updated: 8 . 15 . 2021 

Digtial, decentralized marketplaces like Decentraland, which flourish in the ever-expanding virtual economy, when connected with the proposals of Distributed Design, offer a practical formula to jumpstart a revolution in global manufacturing.

After a few years of research across several fields of science, media, sociology and history, I’ve come to recognize the possibility that we may be in the midst of a pivotal transformation in industry.

The are availalbe now, a sort of “perfect storm” of techological advancement in the form of computer generated imaging, 3D printers (the range here is quite vast), data hosting, mixed reality imaging, VR modeling and decentralized digital currencies. There are a host of other factors, including the internet of things, the capabilities of AI and machine learning, economic instability, and mobile-first emerging markets. Anyway, one that does stand out relatively clearly is the prevalance of gaming and the titanic growth of the gaming indsutry. Games like Fortnite and Minecraft present the perfect analogy for this emerging industrial model.

- The Virtual Economy

Products, methods, experiences and machines can be developed in digital spaces (AR, MR, VR) locally, say by VFX artists in Los Angeles or Melbourne, then the digital object can be “shipped” to another part of the world, say to industrial designers or food growers in Atlanta, via the internet. Printed on-demand, on-site by an array of 3D printers. Then assembled by hand (think Ikea) or by machine (Tesla, Kia?). The process could also work in reverse. Say an artisan in Atlanta or Mexico City makes an object by hand. The object could be digitally scanned, emailed and replicated on site within minutes or hours depending on the complexity of the job. The rendered models could also have a dual life, one for replication physically via 3D printing, and one replicated digitally via AR/MR & VR marketplaces. Individuals and organiztions could then subsist off of both digital and physical currencies. Using blockchain technology to secure ownership and potentially grow value, linking physically produced goods with encrypted digital value.  

Networks that are formed would then be connected locally and globally, interacting along cultural value lines, social and production networks. It would be the emergence of a new kind of internet, and a new kind of globalization.
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