Small hall | reboot11
The beginning of this talk will be about the RepRap, a Replicating Rapid Prototyper. In short, it is a fabricator, or 3D printer, that makes things that YOU want. Besides being able to make products as you like them best, it can make parts to assemble another RepRap machine. Hence, it has a viral distribution model. Besides specifics, we invite you to take a step back, and see what the implications are... we hope you will join us and imagine a future of abundance, creativity and with an emphasis on harmony (beyond sustainability), and translate it into action.
We've heard about, or even experienced, the collaborative power of passionate individuals around the world. When they join hands, contributing their energy, freely sharing their ideas and building on them, this mode of production can be highly productive. It may well outperform the traditionally closed 'institutional' mode of production, like Wikipedia is giving us an abundance of knowledge at no cost.
This creative energy has been unleashed in the worlds of software, graphical arts, music and knowledge, becoming more than just an economical phenomenon to reckon with. It becomes a change in the mind-set of people. The internet is such an effective catalyst by enabling sharing, that it changes our idea of rivalry. People realise that by sharing their ideas, they multiply in value, and that they have lost nothing.
For physical things, this seems to be fundamentally different. If I give you something, I will not have it any more. But what if the power of producing things is given to anyone, with no exceptions. What if production becomes so cheap, that it would be useless and undesirable to account for its costs? We are not there yet, but Siert and I will show you how we might get there... and perhaps sooner than you think.
The fact that YOU can now participate in remaking the physical world, is not just exciting but highly empowering.
The proposed talk by Siert Wijnia ( www.protospace.nl ) and me, Erik de Bruijn ( www.erikdebruijn.nl ), is about extending the collaborative effort to physical product design and fabrication. Let's remake things... let's Reboot.