"FutureNovo provides a forum and tools designed to promote foresight and dialog about future technology." Yet another abortive Web 2.0, wiki-like project. What is about futures that makes us think these things should work? Clearly there's some desire there, but why do these projects run aground?
Look at your computer setup and imagine that you hooked up a 3D printer. Instead of printing on bits of paper this 3D printer makes real, robust, mechanical parts. To give you an idea of how robust, think Lego bricks and you're in the right area. You could make lots of useful stuff, but interestingly you could also make most of the parts to make another 3D printer. That would be a machine that could copy itself.