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That's the promise, and peril, of the third digital revolution, where anyone will be able to make (almost) anything
Two digital revolutionscomputing and communicationhave radically transformed our economy and lives. A third digital revolution is here: fabrication. Today's 3D printers are only the start of a trend, accelerating exponentially, to turn data into objects: Neil Gershenfeld and his collaborators ultimately aim to create a universal replicator straight out of Star Trek. While digital fabrication promises us self-sufficient cities and the ability to make (almost) anything, it could also lead to massive inequality. The first two digital revolutions caught most of the world flat-footed, thanks to Designing Reality that won't be true this time.
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About the Author
Neil Gershenfeld has been called the intellectual father of the maker movement. He leads MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, and is the founder of the global network of over 1,000 community fab labs.
Alan Gershenfeld is president of E-Line Media and former chairman of Games for Change. He is currently working with the Center for Bits and Atoms and Fab Foundation on a DARPA funded game to fire the imagination of a generation around the future of digital fabrication.
Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld is a professor at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and former president of the Labor and Employment Relations Association. He is a pioneer in high performance work systems and has led U.S. and global mapping of stakeholder alignment around digital fabrication.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 How to Make (almost) Anything 17
Chapter 2 How to (almost) Make Anything 55
Fab Access 57
Fab Literacy 63
Enabling Ecosystems 67
Mitigating Risk 82
Grand Challenges 90
Chapter 3 The Science 95
From Moore's Law to Loss' Law 95
Communication, Computation, Fabrication 102
Four Billion Years of Digitization 106
Intelligent Design 110
Chapter 4 The Social Science 117
Moore's Law Versus Lass' Law 118
Reactive Versus Proactive Social Science 120
Rates of Change 130
Propagate Versus Scale 152
Chapter 5 The Roadmap 159
Community Fabrication: 1 to 1,000 161
Personal Fabrication: 1,000 to 1,000,000 166
Universal Fabrication: 1,000,000 to 1,000,000,000 173
Ubiquitous Fabrication: 1,000,000,000 to 1,000,000,000,000 178
Chapter 6 The Opportunity 183
How to Envision (almost) Anything 185
Predictive Transformation 211
Assembling Assemblers and Pancake Breakfasts 240
Conclusion: Goals and Recommendations 243