Sunday, February 19, 2012

open source ecology

I heard about this on NPR this morning. There is a TED talk about this too. It's worth checking out.

"We have identified and are prototyping the 50 most important machines that it takes to build a small-scale civilization with modern day comforts. It is an open source platform that is free for anybody to use, replicate, and improve. The GVCS can be used not only in developing world applications, but also in reinventing local production anywhere in the world. It is a community based solution for bringing wealth back to local communities. It can be used to start local food systems, renewable energy production, a construction business, parts manufacturing, or many others. Because all the plans are open source an, they can be used to start small enterprise and reduce barriers to entry.

An open source product has the advantage of a 24/7 development cycle around the globe, so it has a chance to produce superior product design.

We believe that it should take no more than a couple of hours per day of work to create wealth and to provide modern day comforts. Our goal is to tame machines to full service of humans, not humans in service to the Machine. If artificial material scarcity is eliminated by using wisdom and modern technology, then people have a good chance to focus their energies not on 'making a living', but on pursuing their true interests and creativity. This can unleash massive amounts of human potential, and can address many pressing world issues.

We are interested in distributive production - an economic system which tends to distribute wealth to the largest possible number of stakeholders for everybody's benefit. We think that the open source economy is the next economy. It is an idea worth spreading. it's also known as 'sharing,' or, 'getting along with one another. We believe that such behavior is a prerequisite towards humanity's evolution as a species."

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