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The Black Eyed Peas frontman reckons 3D printing will evolve into Star Trek-like teleportation tech

Will.i.am says “thou shall not” 3D print people

Tech entrepreneur and Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am has spoken out about his concerns on 3D printing human organs, saying we will soon be able to print a whole human.

In an interview with Dezeen at the launch of his sustainable lifestyle product range Ekocycle, Will commented: “New morals, new laws and new codes are going to have to be implemented. Humans – as great as we are – are pretty irresponsible. Ask the planet. Ask the environment.”

He comments that the 3D printing of a person is a “god-like tool” that, in the eyes of Christianity, was most likely not in God’s plan: “Now we’re getting into a whole new territory. Moses comes down with the Ten Commandments and says, ‘Thou shall not…’. He didn’t say shit about 3D printing.”

Comparing it to Star Trek-style tech, he said: “You’re starting with beef, and leathers, and body parts, eventually it will get more complex. It’s basically ‘Beam me up, Scotty’, a 3D printer that disintegrates the source.”

Rather than a prediction, Will.i.am says he is just stating a fact based on plausible growth in technology: “So if you can print a liver or a kidney. God Dang it, you’re going to be able to print a whole freaking person. And that’s scary.

“That’s when it’s like, whah! And I’m not saying I agree, but plausible growth would say that with multiple machines that print in different materials, you could print in protein and aluminium.”

The rapper (who is the CCO of 3D-printing company 3D Systems) has just launched his Ekocycle collection of sustainable products with Coca-Cola at Harrods in London.

The company produces clothing, bicycles and luggage made from waste materials, including 3D-printer filament produced from recycled plastic bottles.

Check out the full interview here.

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