The technologies that are just getting to the market in affordable and more accessible to use software today, are things we have been playing with for 25-30 years. What one learned in that process was just how much work, iterations, and failure went into tuning the process to have an idea, to pushing a button that prints out a product. It is what we are working up today with the mobile lab/make spaces. I just am tired of people coming to ask for free advice, of which they don’t realize the “why?” quality is so expensive unless you do the work yourself.
I see this not so much with inventors and lab folks, but rather consumers and people buying the products. “but I saw it on a tv show, and it was only two dollars!”
“did you see the crew of 140 people that make the show and wonder how the host never seemed ever have dirt on them? And it was done in 22 minutes on your screen? Do you really think that all the sponsors and “free” stuff they get were discussed on camera?”
I guess that is a problem of the instant gratification society. Where the technologies in 3d and immersive human sensory spaces are really cool. Having played with, worked with, or tried to make new ideas, complete with various failure levels from “oops” to rocket exploding on the launchpad! (the later ones really hurt)
The technologies are cool, and I wonder about the future home/work/public spaces and what and how things will be made. It can be a fantastic amalgamation of the individual, custom made, unique pieces for the person making the trend. The downside with that is that I do not see too many folks really going out to create their own style or look, but it resembles more of how social networks thrive. One person says this cool, then a bunch of people click a few buttons and voila…suddenly you have sold a whole lot of cools things in a time crunch that has the attention span of a gnat.
I really don’t know what the attention span of a gnat is, so for the sake of this article, how about we say, “the blink of an eye.”
Right now, I want to call Danah Boyd or Ethan Zuckerman and ask about group behaviors. There was a research article I read about the infamous “look” of being a hipster with the trimmed beards, tattoos and how in the effort to rebel, everyone ended up looking the same. I have to find that article as with the work I am doing with the web and algorithms, I am seeing the idea of free-flowing information of the entire planet being closed down to granular details being pushed by whatever powers that be based on where you are in the world.
I suppose I am just tired of helping others after paying a very high price to learn how to do that process of rapid idea/prototype (and fabrication) without having a massive factory. With many consumer products, the model of filling up a ship with a container of product x – is how you get economies of scale. What I am interested in is the niche or the high-quality market that wants something great, yet, might not have the money to pay for it if they are not a tech billionaire.
Funny how this blog nonsense helps clear out some spiderwebs. The most exciting tech project I have in my noggin is a bit like the "you" show where we imploded the audience in a way I still have not seen on the planet yet. This other idea, It is a big idea, yet, it can be abused and monetized as a tool that would make CEO’s of multinationals drool with information and data delight. I guess that is why the idea would have to remain in the public domain or free. I find me talking about open source a bit odd as all my life I was studying licensing, copyright, trademark and patents. It is a sad commentary on greed to see where those principals are with today’s corporate climate and the litigiousness of American society.
Forgive the digression – I was sketching up the latest variant of that idea in my head and thinking, “hmm…here is a simple way to test and prove it!”
Such is the case with good solutions. They appear to be simple, have form AND function, and can be explained in a sentence.
The problem I have is I find it so fascinating to have a wider berth of interests in technologies and working around the planet. I probably could specialize, but I doubt I could help so many different people and/or challenge myself like I do each day.
That concluded my 10 minutes of the day writing about whatever. I am torn if someone asks for help these days, the old monks say, “give what you can,” and that is a lot with all the experiential learning and mistakes in life. It is supposed to be a gift and free. What another does with it, is their choice. In the old days, it was simple, win at all costs. Today, there is a different path – help who you can.
The odd part of about help is the people that need it the most, seem to listen the least.Interesting, no?