[worth reading] "Future of Making" Map, by the INSTITUTE OF THE FUTURE
10 Jul 2008 - 12:44am
"Two future forces, one mostly social, one mostly technological, are
intersecting to transform how goods, services, and experiences—the
"stuff" of our world—will be designed, manufactured, and distributed
over the next decade. An emerging do-it-yourself culture of "makers"
is boldly voiding warranties to tweak, hack, and customize the
products they buy. And what they can't purchase, they build from
scratch. Meanwhile, flexible manufacturing technologies on the horizon
will change fabrication from massive and centralized to lightweight
and ad hoc. These trends sit atop a platform of grassroots
economics—new market structures developing online that embody a shift
from stores and sales to communities and connections."