NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- As a technology writer I have spent my career covering an abundance business.For a generation, the chief task of technology companies has been making use of the computing abundance created by Moore's Law, which says that overall processing power for computers will double every two years. New data types -- sound files, video files, high-definition video files -- have been created, manipulated and downloaded because we found we could. Each time a new source of abundance is discovered, the search begins for some way to make use of it. Take big data. What do we do with all the Web log files, or customer interactions, or surveillance videos it now makes economic sense to collect? Start-ups like
Here's another surprising source of abundance: 3D printing. It's about where computer printing was in 1978, and it's about to create abundance in the creation of customized stuff. It's nothing less than a revolution in manufacturing,
as TechCrunch notes, and the big money will go to those that can make use of this new abundance. Or take garbage. Waste Management ( WM) has become the biofuel industry's sugar daddy, as I wrote recently at Seeking Alpha. It backs companies such as Renmatix and Enerkem, which want to use its garbage as a feedstock for fuel. Again, the name of the game is using abundance, turning what we have a lot of into something of value. If you want to make money, look for abundance, and find a way to turn that abundance into something people will buy. While most reporters are looking at shortages -- of food, of fuel, of water -- the solutions to our problems are at hand, in abundance. This is a business that tech reporters know well. It would do well for energy and manufacturing reporters to learn how it's played, too. For them, it's 1978. I only wish I were 23 again so I could take the coming ride with you. At the time of publication, the author had no holdings in the companies mentioned. Follow @DanaBlankenhorn This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.