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Re: [ox-en] Decentralising production with open-blueprint, self-replicating devices

"magius" wrote Sunday, June 05, 2005 10:06 AM

In data Sat, 4 Jun 2005 22:42:43 [PHONE NUMBER REMOVED], Robin Green <greenrd>
ha scritto:

The machine that can copy anything

It's a really powerful tool. It opens the road to local FREE production, based on shared internet-based FREE knowledge. It's very interesting also the recycling issue: when a thing is broken, you put it in the machine and you rebuild it!

Indeed. This is great and important!
This "universal constructor" (the CNN article refers to John von Neumann's
idea in the 1950s) is close to the "universal materializer" Annette Schlemm talks
about in her Oekonux text "Das utopische Klo", The Utopian WC. (1)

It is an important and powerful mean to increase the share of digitized material -thus freely reproducible- in "a lot of our consumer goods", to use Bowyer's words. We know this is anyway an irreversible process, but this kind of invention may represent a great leap forward in the way to "gratisism".

It is also significant that "Bowyer plans to make the design of the RepRap available online and free to use, in the same way as open source software such as the Linux operating system or Mozilla's Firefox browser".


It is a shame that this very good text, translated into Spanish and French
has not been translated into English...

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