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Hackers, Makers & 'Spaces
Transcript of Hackers, Makers & 'Spaces
Experiences & insights gained from community workshops
"Hacker (hobbyist), who makes innovative customizations or combinations of retail electronic and computer equipment"
"In home and hobby circles, a hacker is a person who enjoys exploring the limits of what is possible, in a spirit of playful cleverness. They may also heavily modify software or hardware of their own computer system. It includes building, rebuilding, modifying, and creating software (software cracking, demo scene), electronic hardware (hardware hacking, modding), or anything else, either to make it better or faster or to give it added features or to make it do something it was never intended to do."
"A polymath (Greek: πμ, polymathēs, "having learned much"), sometimes (if male) referred to as a Renaissance man, is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas. In less formal terms, a polymath (or polymathic person) may simply be someone who is very knowledgeable. Most ancient scientists were polymaths by today's standards. The term was first used in the seventeenth century but the related term, polyhistor, is an ancient term with similar meaning."
"The maker culture is a contemporary culture or subculture representing a technology-based extension of DIY culture. Typical interests enjoyed by the maker culture include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of CNC tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and traditional arts and crafts. The subculture stresses new and unique applications of technologies, and encourages invention and prototyping. There is a strong focus on using and learning practical skills and applying them creatively."
"A hackerspace (also referred to as a hacklab, makerspace, or hackspace) is a community-operated physical space where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialise and/or collaborate."
Internet enables the movement away from the industrial & post-industrial revolution (over)specialization, to pursue diverse interests & combine disciplines that may not otherwise be possible - lowering the barrier to entry
Democratization of fabrication, new commerce paradigm
Disasters, Arab Spring
Fukushima, Flood Duck
Arab Spring: Weapons hacks
Cellular & mesh radio networks
Occupy Movement - hakupy, drones
Space - mission to Mars
Pop Culture & Media
find one, start one!
Bypass "gatekeepers" - knowledge, communication, manufacturing
Defense Distributed "Liberator" "Wiki Weapon"
force for good or evil - it's what you make of it
Mexico's cartels build own national radio system
<quote>If the web has democratized innovation in bits, Makers are democratizing innovation in atoms thanks rapid prototyping and affordable tools. Welcome to “the long tail of things”</quote>
- Chris Anderson - Makers
Necessity - the mother of innovation
Google - Africa, Red Bull
US Govt - STEM
Printing Press -- Internet
Member of @tangleball, makers.org.nz, etc
Standard disclaimer: views expressed are my own (ref: "insights gained") - YMMV
"interactive preso" via QR's