Neologism: physible - from PirateBay

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 26 02:35:25 UTC 2012

Printers that allow the creation and reproduction of 3-dimensional
objects have been growing in popularity. Wikipedia has some background
information about 3D printing here:

The Pirate Bay is a famous and/or notorious website that eases the
sharing of data. The administrators at Pirate Bay have decided to
start facilitating the sharing of data about 3-dimensional printable
objects. They also decided to create a buzzword: physible

In my opinion the printing 0f 3-dimensional objects is a precursor to
more general forms of 3-dimensional assembly. These capabilities will
be enormously important in the future. But I do not know if the word
"physible" is going to make it.

[Begin excerpt]
Evolution: New category.
We're always trying to foresee the future a bit here at TPB. One of
the things that we really know is that we as a society will always
share. Digital communication has made that a lot easier and will
continue to do so. And after the internets evolutionized data to go
from analog to digital, it's time for the next step.
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.
We believe that the future of sharing is about physible data. We're
thinking of temporarily renaming ourselves to The Product Bay - but we
had no graphical artist around to make a logo. In the future, we'll
download one.
[End excerpt]

[The term "sparts" is probably supposed to be "parts".]

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