Billionaire Peter Thiel’s Latest Investment: 3D-Printed Meat

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    Aug 17, 2012 12:38 AM GMT
    Billionaire Peter Thiel’s Latest Investment: 3D-Printed Meat

    http://techland.time.com/2012/08/16/billionaire-peter-thiels-latest-investment-3d-printed-meat/
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    Aug 17, 2012 12:44 AM GMT
    I wonder if this means the price of sushi will finally go down once they mass produce it?
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    Aug 17, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
    Well it would be nice to have meat sans factory farms or any slaughter for that matter, but it would take a while.
    Isn't there an experimental was to grow meat in-vitro?
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    Aug 17, 2012 1:15 AM GMT
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    Aug 17, 2012 3:22 AM GMT
    I am an acquaintance of Peter Thiel's in a six-degrees-of-separation kind of way. Considering that he has dropped more than $350,000 in a single afternoon of boating, drinking, and dining that I know of, I would hardly call this an investment. It's more like an amusement.
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    Aug 17, 2012 3:30 AM GMT
    If you read between the lines, the clear implication is that Thiel is investing in a scalable pathway to printing tissues of all sorts. Porkchops are apparently the nearest point of market access. You will be able to purchase humane meat, with lower environmental impact, that will fund technologies that may save your life.

    That is all win.

    This is, as is usual for Thiel, very smart.
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    Aug 17, 2012 3:36 AM GMT
    This is the beginnings of food replicators....Just like Star Trek!

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    Aug 17, 2012 3:42 AM GMT
    Actually, now I'm going to rant, because I can't stand journalists.

    Seriously, the guy is the one person aside from Elon Musk that does something useful with his money. The media, on the other hand, is going to cast him as some crazy guy because he doesn't plug his money back into hedge funds and ETFs so he can raise the price of Ford and Amalgamated Holdings Ltd.

    This is what more investment should be doing, instead of pumping multiples through the roof and increasing asset prices. He is a national hero as far as I'm concerned. If only there were more people like him.

    And then, at the end of the article, after we've characterized him as a loon, we discover - oh wow! - that the billionaire tech investor isn't a complete idiot. The idea is actually really necessary to elevating global life quality. GAH.