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Frictionless copying

Two weak signals in one day means something worth noting on the blog: Firstly, this in the Maker Pro newsletter: “And if you can’t win by coloring inside the lines, check out this profile of a pseudonymous hustler who identifies up-and-coming crowdfunding campaigns — and then does whatever it takes to beat them to market. We’ve discussed this moral […]

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Making trends, past and future

I spent some time in earlier this year trying to sketch some sort of Venn diagram of my interests with larger trends: within the realm of things that interest me, what the issues that have urgency, which directions are we moving in, what are the forces that I should engage with? This was in large part to […]

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Making a video walkthrough

I made wallet, and also made a video of the process, as an excuse to learn some video production and editing skills. I managed to get it down to about 6 minutes. I’m about 50% happy with it. The first version was 20 minutes, and boring as hell. This is better, but still needs to be […]

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Who is the digital revolution for?

The University of Sussex’s SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit) are running this event as part of Brighton Digital Festival: Who is the Digital Revolution For?: How can we re-discover our sense of enchantment with digital technology? For many of us, digital technologies have been revolutionary. Yet at the same time, some feel disenchanted with the […]

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Talking at Make:Shift

I’ll be taking part in this year’s Crafts Council biennial Make:Shift Innovation Conference. I went to the 2014 event at Ravensbourne in London, which was one of the best conferences I’d ever been to, with inspiring talks, a lively atmosphere, and the sense that you could say hello to anyone there, and be sure to have just […]

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Is all technology authoritarian?

The Terminator franchise draws from a deep well of mythology – preying on our fears that humans will be crushed by the technology that we ourselves create. The horrible inevitability of our fate makes it a compelling story. There is a converse myth: that through ever-advancing technological progress, rational man (and we can go down […]

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Making a TAZ – Reformulating the question

Having done lots of research around this theme, I’ve been able to get some perspective. So here’s a reformulation of the question into something more concrete: How do we best harness the energy and creativity of the maker movement (and associated groups, technologies and ideas) to develop new ways of living, production, commerce, and art that […]

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