Turns out the government and Hollywood have been going after the wrong boogeymen the entire time! Pirating data and intangible information is so, like, 2011. While the World (Wide Web) held its breath during the Day The Net Went Dark and its lesser-known sibling, The Day MegaUpload Went Down, the notorious swashbucklers at The Pirate Bay introduced what they called "the future of sharing:" Physibles, or digital files that work with 3D printers to create real, physical objects.
"We believe that the next step in copying will be made from digital form into physical form," Pirate Bay's blog declared. "It will be physical objects. Or as we decided to call them: Physibles. Data objects that are able (and feasible) to become physical. We believe that things like three dimensional printers, scanners and such are just the first step. We believe that in the nearby future you will print your spare parts for your vehicles. You will download your sneakers within 20 years."
They go on to say that Physibles would put an end to child labor and world hunger, but we're a bit skeptical about those bombastic claims -- especially since the small number of Physibles currently up on the site include a model for a '70 Chevelle, the magazine and lower receiver for an AR-15 rifle, a replica of the Pirate Bay pirate ship and something called "WE MAKE PORN."