Re: Chris Anderson: Weaponized Lego, Drones & IoT
I read Curt's big profile of Mr. Anderson and his story (which is linked towards the top of this article) a couple of weeks ago, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. This article and his comments from his keynote add some flavor to that story, and really round out what the real-world application looks like - what the end result of the "Maker Movement" is. I still think the name's a bit hokey, but it's definitely a real trend that is bound to affect more people than realize it today. Something as simple as rooting your smartphone could be considered a piece of this puzzle.Young people are growing up more technically savvy, and that doesn't just mean knowing how to use social media. This will, in short, cause them to grow up to be the sorts of people who tinker in their garage, who know their way around the tools, and know a good idea when they see one.
I have a relatively computer-averse friend who mentioned to me how she'll have to use MATLAB for some of her neuroscience and psychology courses in college. It's not hard to see how, with open standards and IDEs this extends to entrepeuners of all sorts, such as Mr. Anderson. Though this is another stricly software-based example, Unity3D recently extended their license to be fully open (100% free) to all organizations making less than $100,000 annually, including schools, etc. . That covers a lot of people (I use it myself). It uses a version of Microsoft's C# for scripting with a fully-open IDE called Monodevelop. Any software you make with it can be exported to 21 platforms, including Android, game consoles, and Oculus Rift, with one click. It's easy to see where all this openness is pointed. More power to the Maker Movement.