The New Industrial Revolution

Book - 2012
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What happens when DIY meets Web 2.0? In Makers, New York Times bestselling author Chris Anderson reveals how entrepreneurs use web principles to create and produce companies with the potential to be global in scope as well as how they use significantly less in the way of financial resources, tooling, and infrastructure required by traditional manufacturing. Anderson's unique perspective is that small manufacturing will be a significant source of future growth; that the days of giant companies like General Motors are in their twilight; that in an age of open source, custom-fabricated, and do-it-yourself product design, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers will be unleashed on global markets.

Publisher: Toronto : Signal, c2012
Description: viii, 257 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780771007606
Branch Call Number: 338.4767 And


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JCLNickWB Oct 20, 2015

Interesting read about Anderson's journey and impact in the maker movement. As well as many examples of who the players are, and how and why the landscape is changing. I think there are a lot of takeaways for people interested in the maker movement in greater context, or for anyone that is alive and entrepreneurial.

Oct 12, 2014

It’s easier than ever before to be an entrepreneur and start a business. This is a good thing. Chris Anderson starts with this basic premise in his book Makers The New Industrial Revolution. And he’s not just talking about web-based and cloud-based businesses that dominate the world of startups. He’s talking about the “Real World of Places and Stuff.” In other words, businesses that make things.

Nov 11, 2012

Well written and interesting. Products can not only made locally using desktop equipment, but they basically consist of information, or instructions on how they are to be made. This allows for unprecedented sharing, mixing, improving. In addition there are many on-line (and local) low-cost services that will act as your own personal factory making one or a thousand of your latest idea. This way of making physical objects is possibly a revolution because it not only affects how everything will be made, but it effects rates of innovation, personalization, and taking ownership of the means of production.

Written by Chris Anderson, the author of the bestseller The Long Tail and Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine. Very nice introduction to the Maker Movement. Many interesting stories. Emphasizes that we are born Makers as evidenced by our fascination with blocks, Lego, models, Meccano sets, etc. Anderson believes that desktop digital fabrication can allow individual innovators to reinvent manufacturing and create sorely needed jobs in a new industrial revolution. Certainly makes you think about the possible future!

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