[ExI] Vinge finally cracks the NYT
daniel at netgods.net
Thu Aug 28 05:51:24 UTC 2008
Bryan Bishop wrote:
> '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.
This is absolutely true. And it won't be the first time that a
trademark has been co-opted by a community with no regard for the
commercial intentions of its coiner. Everybody I know who is working on
their own projects in the space calls him or herself a "maker". So far
as I can tell, they are using the term the same way that we used hacker
as the open source movement started. But what is important, I think, is
that this is something distinct from the traditional open source
software movement. Bits will make a bigger difference over time than
atoms, but atoms are the critical next step, imo.
> 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.
This is also true. But I don't think that's what's going to stick as
the story people remember. I think people will remember that they built
a machine out of instructions on the internet and that it could make its
> 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.
I had never noticed until I just went to google it. And what few pages
are there appear to quickly mire away into dead links and bit rot.
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