I've grown somewhat weary of WIRED magazine in the last decade, but they still have some amazing articles from time to time. Right now they are covering the Disruptive By Design conference in New York City.
Daniel Pink on Disruptive technology...
Disruption is giving the world something it didn’t know it was missing. Three years ago, did you know you were missing an iPad? Ten years ago, did you know you were missing a web browser? Perhaps the savviest of Wired readers did, but the majority of us only knew we wanted these things after we’d experienced them in some way. Now that they’re a mainstream part of our lives, we couldn’t imagine life without them.
I really hope 3D printers will be a disruptive technology in the next 10-15 years. I think they have the potential to make us look at the way we do a lot of things now and realize how asinine many aspects of intellectual property is.