The world as we know it is rapidly changing thanks to disruptive technology. A report by the Risk Group lists 3D printing as one of the elements that governments will need to keep a closer eye on, from a security perspective. For risk analysts, it’s the asymmetric, futuristic weaponry that skews the picture into an uneven fight between those who have access to the tech, and those who don’t. But what does cryptocurrency have to do with the securitization of 3D printing?
Meet Cody Wilson
Considered one of the world’s most dangerous people thanks to his company, Mr Wilson is in a constant tug of war with the State Department on uploading blueprints to his gun to enable users to print their very own guns using a 3D printer. For government, this opens up a whole new can of worms in terms of legislation as these guns aren’t detectable through normal methods such as metal scanners, there are no serial numbers, and there’s also no limit as to how many guns a user can print. The file will be widely accessible to a large number of people, including organized crime syndicates. For Cody Wilson, however, it also means that the man at home protecting his family also has the means to access a gun.
Can Crypto Alleviate The Tension?
One of the most important aspects of crypto is that it’s built with blockchain technology. Makerslab24.com has integrated its crypto platform to streamline the use of 3D printing through a secure transaction. Due to the inherent qualities of the blockchain which ensures that no one can manipulate the tech, users can safely access 3D printing tokens without the risk of interception. This process is facilitated with the help of Ethereum, the second biggest cryptocurrency. For an amicable resolution between the State Department and Cody Wilson, this might be a step in the right direction which ensures the blueprints are more secure and only released on the provision of the token.
The Fundamental Flaw Of Blockchain
Although Cody Wilson has resigned as the CEO of Defense Distributed, the company spokesperson said that they were not slowing down the fight to distribute their gun blueprints. Things are quiet for the time being as the company faces injunctions from several attorneys general across the country. For Defense Distributed, if they were to agree that the securitization of the plans would take place on a blockchain platform, it still leaves the State Department wide open as these transactions are inherently private. This means that the effort to control the distribution of weapons to organized crime syndicates cannot be monitored, which is an arrangement State Department will hardly make. For now, government will need to keep a close eye on underground aficionados of 3D-printed weapons in the DIY weapons subculture.
3D Printing has the means to enable a better future for everyone and the benefits to tech and medical industries are apparent, but the securitization of plans that could cause harm should be a top priority for everyone, not just government.