Re: Why The Maker Movement Matters To Your Business
What a great article! People like Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerburg have been profiled enough times. How fitting that a man championing the democratization and independence these new technologies offer be a perfect example of it himself. I'm all for this trend, and while some may say calling it 'The Maker Movement' is a bit cheesy, there's really a lot of nuance there, and it probably impacts your life whether you know it or not. I have a friend who once used an Arduino and a model train engine to make a gingerbread house light up and blow smoke just to win a bet with his girlfriend. Now, he works at a major research lab. Would he correlate the two? Probably not, but the fact that he was the kind of person to be inquisitive, to be inventive, to never be satisfied with what he'd learned already is what got him there. The tools just help. I think that's what Mr. Anderson is getting at, and I couldn't agree more.
As for the technology itself, there's a lot of meat on that bone. 3D Printers are everyone's favorite, but lots of smaller stuff comes to mind as well - think about all the specialized wallets and phone cases that keep taking off on Kickstarter. These commodity manufacturing processes and open standards feed into crowdfunding, and then crowdfunding feeds back into them. Although we're focused on the physical here, even things like independent filmmaking and game development echo this way of thinking and push it toward the mainstream. Youtubers are buying GoPro cameras and sticking them on/in all kinds of things/places and making art. You mentioned on IWRadio that people want to see your GitHub profile before they hire you. I think that's great and brings us towards a Star Trek-like future where all humans take pride in being well-rounded. As for whether there should be a 3d printer on every desk? I remain skeptical, but you/he make a strong case and I'd be happy to be wrong.