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Charlie And The Everything Factory

Charlie Stross went to the MIT Media Lab, and came back with an interesting story to tell...

"Which is why he and some other researchers are working on the Fab Lab. The goal is to build a toolkit that can be sold for under $10,000 (£6500) and that contains everything you need in order to make almost anything."


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Aug. 12th, 2003 02:55 am (UTC)
So, if we buy a FabLab for around $10000, how much will it cost us to make a FabLab with it?
Aug. 12th, 2003 04:47 am (UTC)
Good question ...
One of the goals of the project is that a FabLab ought to be able to make any of its own components, if necessary using cheap FPGAs for the specialized electronics at first. I suspect being able to use a FabLab to make another FabLab for less than the mass production cost is a secondary, and much longer term goal ...
Aug. 15th, 2003 05:12 am (UTC)
Re: Good question ...
I find the economics of such ideas more interesting than the idea of just a cheap machine. What happens to the world economy for instance if we can create a self-replicating nano-machine designed for making any nano-machine? Would raw-materials then become the only form of wealth? (Land-ownership excepted.)
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