Monday night, App Design had a special presentation by Ian Roy about Technology and Social Justice. Participants learned about the MakerLab, a place at Brandeis focusing on 3D printing and scanning.
First, they heard about what goes on in this space and then dove in on how 3D printing works and what applications this process has. Participants had the opportunity to see and touch a wide array of projects that were completed within the past year. These included prosthetic hands for children, 3D printed drones, shoes and more. They learned about the history of 3D printing as well as where this technology is heading in the future.
One major component of the presentation was examining the social and legal challenges that these technologies are creating. Participants discussed who really owns all of the designs that can be simply downloaded from the internet. What responsibilities do we have as people to use these discoveries to better our world? These are questions that right now do not have answers and much of it will be up to these future developers and trailblazers of technology.