And example of a free market gone haywire due to lax or no regulation was the housing market.
Which regulations were lax or missing? From what I saw it was a pretty heavily regulated market even on the banking side.
And without the FDA, you'd feel perfectly safe getting your prescriptions from Joe's Medical Stuff and Bait Store, right?
No I wouldn't. Who said they would be? This is a straw man argument. And possibly a false dichotomy.
Or maybe you wish to turn safety entirely over to the airlines so that an acceptable level of crashes that can be insured against would work for you. Your car company would never think to cut corners and get you killed dead because they could save on not installing proper safety equipment in their vehicles.
I don't think the parent suggested that torts and other forms of liability should be abolished.
And so on. There are multiple ways that problems like these can and have been resolved, and centralized federal regulation isn't the only choice.
Education is probably one of the areas that will benefit the most from 3D printers in the long run.
I don't see the reasoning for this conclusion, it seems to me this program is a colossal waste of money. I did a little searching and these benefits don't seem that great except in the cases of engineering classes. I am sure there are some students who will have their interest piqued, but there's a false assumption in that argument that the students would not have gone on to be engineers without that early exposure to some toy in the classroom.
"if you can open it from your phone who else can?"
And who else can walk up and simply kick the door in? Is the risk of a break-in significantly changed by using the phone app? Why wouldn't anyone who wanted in simply kick in the door or just break a window? Some guy in a different country has no interest in unlocking my front door. My point is, does an app like that REALLY change your risk at all given how easy it already is to get in? Now if you are running a gold repository or something the equation is different, but for the typical wooden house owner I don't see it is any different.
But I generally agree with you, I don't want Internet connected appliances of any sort. Even my 'smart' TV is disconnected.