How to Make Almost Anything

The Reading: How to Make Almost Anything

In this article, author Neil Gershenfeld predicts that digital fabrication will follow a similar developmental evolution as computers and microwaves. (becoming more accessible but also not replacing the need for other machinery and manufacturing pipelines.) My biggest excitement about his optimistic view is the change in perception in terms of education.

“Along with access to tools, students who go to these labs are surrounded

by peers to learn from and have local mentors to guide them.

They participate in interactive global video lectures and share projects

and instructional materials online.”

The golden opportunity? If you hope that “they” will some day come out with that new thing, don’t wait — make it yourself. It’s a type of empowerment that can reach to highs and lows of society, and get them working together.

“After all, the real strength of a fab lab is not technical; it is

social. The innovative people that drive a knowledge economy

share a common trait: by definition, they are not good at following

rules. To be able to invent, people need to question assumptions.

They need to study and work in environments where it is safe to

do that.”

Also, reading this article made me really happy to be at ITP. lol yay!


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