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From virtual world to the real one in 3D
Posted: 8 August 2011

Long ago (in 2007) before the iPad, we published a MindBullet which contained seemingly preposterous news from the future. It speculated that one day, we would be able to create artificial life forms, pets if you like, from online game characters designed by players.

Now that might be a little far-fetched, or not, depending on how quickly Craig Venter gets his artificial bacteria and algae to do his bidding. But long before that, in fact right now, you can take your (inanimate) designs from an online game called Minecraft, and print them out in 3D.

Just like that, news from the future becomes news from today. Well almost.

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