Tuesday, October 1, 2013

From Cabot: A libertarian with a printed gun and revolutionary ideas about currency

Posted By on Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 1:56 PM


click to enlarge CODY WILSON: Firing his Liberator.
  • CODY WILSON: Firing his Liberator.
Attention continues to pile up for Cody Wilson, a Cabot native who invented  the Liberator, a gun made of plastic pieces with a 3-D printer.

That idea won attention from Wired magazine,  which labeled him one of the 15 most dangerous people in the world. 

The New Yorker featured Wilson
in an article published Sept. 24. It describes him as libertarian who has moved to the use of bitcoin, a difficult-to-trace form of digital currency, to engage in activities the government might try to suppress. Such as spreading information on the web about easy creation of firearms using a 3-D printer. Writes the New Yorker:

In the Bitcoin world, where banks no longer serve as intermediaries between people and their money, bank accounts have been replaced by online “wallets” that people can use to virtually store and send bitcoins.

Wilson and Taaki’s project, tentatively known as Dark Wallet, is a simple wallet designed to be easier to use for people who aren’t tech-savvy; they hope that in turn accelerates the currency’s rate of adoption around the world. The wallet will be open-source and free to use. Eventually, Wilson and Taaki hope to create a vast stable of Bitcoin-related tools.

The goal, for Wilson, is similar to what he tried to do with the Liberator: use technology to remove government intervention from his life, and from the lives of like-minded people.

Wilson lives in Austin, Texas. He's collabroating with a man who lives in an anarchist compound in Spain. He says the State Department's effort to suppress his plans about the Liberator persuaded him to drop out of school and pursue revolutionary activities. (The State Department intervention came too late. Wilson's blueprints were downloaded thousands of times around the world.)

Wilson lives in “a utopian world in which contraband will be only a notional concept, because enforcement will require policing ideas and blueprints, not simply goods,” Jacob Silverman wrote in a piece about Wilson and the Liberator in May.

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