How to Survive and Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution
What if anyone could make (almost) anything? That's the promise, and peril, of the third digital revolution. Two digital revolutions-in computing and communication-have radically transformed our economy and lives. A third digital revolution is upon us, in fabrication. Today's 3D printers are only the start of a trend, accelerating exponentially, to turn data into objects: the future holds community "fab labs" to personal fabrication to 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.
authored-by Neil Gershenfeld on 9/4/2019, 5:21:42 PM