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Open Source applied to self-replicating industrial infrastructure - Journal of Omnifarious

May. 29th, 2008

10:52 am - Open Source applied to self-replicating industrial infrastructure

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This is an interesting video about this project to create an Open Source self-replicating industrial infrastructure. It's really interesting and thought provoking, and potentially extremely useful for just about anybody.

One thing I'm really happy about is that this is a positive approach, not a negative approach. It's in response to a set of perceived negatives, but the approach is fundamentally positive. Wait for the 5-10 minutes about politics towards the end.

And another interesting link featuring pieces of an idea that my dad proposed to me a long time ago. But this is somewhat more refined, and more importantly suggests a course of action for how to actually put the idea into practice: The Shadow Parliment Project.

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From:lynnivere
Date:May 29th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
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You know I do not understand a single thing about "open source computer programming" but everything seems to work better with a positive slant. *nods*
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From:omnifarious
Date:May 29th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)

Open Source, it ain't just about computers anymore

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Open Source is more of a philosophy about information in general than it is something about computer programming. In this case, the person is publishing all the plans on how they built their machines on the Internet for anybody else to use.

The machines are being designed so that if someone builds them, the machines they build can be used to build more of those machines. This should allow a village in Africa, for example, to pool their resources to get the parts to built some of these machines, then use the machines they build to build more of them.

Hopefully then people who decide to modify the machine designs in some useful way will publish their information and the machines can be improved over time.

Some of these machines build bricks that can be used to build houses out of plain old dirt. Others can be used to for digging wells. Some of them are machines for building machines. Some of them are machines for creating liquid fuel (diesel) from biomass and sunlight.

Does it make more sense now?

They're basically trying to bootstrap an alternate economy that doesn't rely on the centralized production of goods to function.

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From:lynnivere
Date:May 30th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)

Re: Open Source, it ain't just about computers anymore

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Wow! That's really good stuff!
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