The marriage of computers and manufacturing is rapidly moving us towards mass customization. Called fabbing, digital fabrication is becoming rapidly affordable and doable. We are not far away from the replicators of Star Trek here in the 21st century.
The search for the ultimate medium upon which to create artificial intelligence appears to be biological. Using the building blocks of life for computing makes a lot of sense. Biological computers are energy efficient, have little negative environmental impact, use materials that are