I think CES is going through a bit of an identity crisis. We used to turn out to play with the toys, now with the software and services being what people are looking for the toys just aren’t as cool any more.
what I really want to do with my life it to get closer to the shaping of the connected world. For me that means getting deeper into the shaping of products and services, showing people the life-enhancing potential of technology, and helping to get those things into peoples’ hands
As we’re working on Little Printer, I need a way to refer to the object itself — the thing that the tooling is for, that contains the electronics, that will sit inside the packaging, that has painfully long lead times on the PSUs. Yes, it’s fuzzy with service-thinking because it’s nothing without the behaviours controlled by the network such as deliveries and publications. And it’s separate from the interface which sits on the smartphone. And it has a face which is part of the brand, and to make things more complicated the face is printed so is it part of the network and the service, or is it part of the product design?
We believe that the next step in copying will be made from digital form into physical form. It will be physical objects. Or as we decided to call them: Physibles. Data objects that are able (and feasible) to become physical. We believe that things like three dimensional printers, scanners and such are just the first step. We believe that in the nearby future you will print your spare sparts for your vehicles. You will download your sneakers within 20 years.
I don’t like [the Turing Test] that much, in part because I don’t care about the philosophy angle. I want to build something useful. We already know how to make humans; I made two of them.