[ExI] Vinge finally cracks the NYT
kanzure at gmail.com
Thu Aug 28 05:25:23 UTC 2008
On Thursday 28 August 2008, Daniel Grisinger wrote:
> You aren't the only one. I know many of my friends irl have
> commented on it recently. And I think you're right that the overall
> free culture movement is the biggest piece of that, but I think that
> it's specifically the rise of maker culture that is doing it. I
> think reprap is probably going to be retroactively recognized as
> being as important as Gutenberg.
'Make' is a brand by Make Magazine and O'Reilly and friends. They've
leeched on to these communities with an iron fist. Be careful with
them .. while some of the content is good and interesting, it's just
them being a giant filter with first mover advantage.
RepRap jumped the gun and lied to its community about universal
self-replication, and even lied to the NY Times. While it's an awesome
project, and I'm meeting an increasing number of people who are aware
of the project, it's at heart a rapid prototyper that doesn't
manufacture itself completely. Oh well. People will assume it's
something else .. which is good, I guess, but it kind of makes them
think that the real effort has already been done, i.e., to actually get
self-replication, when it hasn't really.
BTW, don't you find it odd the lack of schematics for printing presses
on the internet? I looked into this and it turns out that Gutenberg
immediately went into commercial businesses. Huh. Guess the 'free
literature' revolution bullshit my literature teachers taught me was
totally, completely wrong. Still is .. it costs (a little) to get
hardware and so on still, but we're working on elliminating that
problem completely this time *if* we toughen up and do RepRap *right*.
Such as not an ad hoc design.
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