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Neil Gershenfeld Speaks (CC-BY Flickr member ensceptico via Wikipedia)

MIT’s Professor Neil Gershenfeld gave a fascinating and engaging talk at the Carnegie Institute of Washington, DC on November 3rd. The event was a benefit for the emerging FabLabDC, which is intended to provide a high-tech fabrication laboratory within sight of the US Capitol. In the talk, he presented a unique vision of a community-based roadmap for automated manufacturing, where “data into thing” becomes “data is thing.” Overall, a very interesting presentation, with lots to think about for technologists, urban planners, educators, and more. Other than a couple of small quibbles around a false dichotomy between hackerspaces and FabLabs, it was fascinating, informative, and a lot to get excited about. You can find a lot more info in the FabLab FAQ, and most of the slides presented at the meeting are can be found here.


R. Mark Adams

Biomolecular cryptologist, robotics hacker, bad skateboarder and all-around mad artist.

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