|It doesn't matter what information wants,|
in a digital world it is free, this is a simple fact
3d printing is tumbling in price. Wilson posted his gun design online last week only to have to withdraw it this week under a request from the U.S. State Department. Wilson did withdraw the download, but it doesn't matter, it's out there now. Copies of copies of copies spread across the internet. No government can stop it, no corporation can prevent it, the information now has a life of its own online. As Wilson mentions in the interview, this is just information, what people choose to do with it is their choice... and there are many easier ways to get your hands on better guns, especially in America, so if someone is going to use this to commit violence, they are doing it for a very specific political reason.
|The "dawn of wiki weapons"|
Is this madness? Is radically empowered individualism nerve wracking? I'd say yes, because the vast majority of people, if given that kind of power, wouldn't do anything good with it. While most of us are waiting to be told what to do with our new found freedom of information, radicals like Cody Wilson are taking what is already at hand and acting on it.
To paraphrase a famous evolutionary biologist, the future is not only stranger than we imagine, it's stranger than we can imagine. I don't know what a world where anyone can build whatever they want looks like, but as Wilson said, short of turning off the internet, you can't stop the spread of information, and the internet has quickly made itself essential in this new age. Turning it off isn't really an option any more, and should we want to?