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Designing Reality: How to Survive and Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution

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That's the promise, and peril, of the third digital revolution, where anyone will be able to make (almost) anything

Two digital revolutions -- computing and communication -- have radically transformed our economy and lives. A third digital revolution is here: fabrication. Today's 3D printers are only the start of a trend, accelerating exponentially, to turn data into objec
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by Basic Books
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Steve
This was a book I wanted to like more than I did. In the end, like many books I have encountered, its assessment of where we are is much better than its plan for where we should be going.

The book starts strongly, with Chapter 1 featuring noted digital fabrication pioneer Neil Gershenfeld discussing the state of the art with respect to digital fabrication technologies. This makes Chapter 1 a nice follow-up to his by now "old" 2005 book on digital fabrication (given the state of change in the fie
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Claire
I stopped reading this technology piece about halfway through since it is about two years out of date, and my rule with comp sci is to move a little, just a smidgen faster than that.
Maybe half a year off the press, nine months...?

It offered several exciting advances! You might like to see what is going on with fabrication laboratories, fab labs.

I kept it for as long as I did since I wanted to see what was happening in real life. You know, they are constructing brand new things out of absolutely
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Jeff Wilsbacher
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm familiar with Neil's work and he says here what he usually says about additive manufacturing growing. I think he's probably mostly right.

Alan and Joel are more concerned with the social impact of this advancing technology. Their concern is well founded and their look into how this might effect society are correct.

When Alan and Joel progress into solutions (predictive social sciences) I think they become blind to history and present circumstances. Without unprecedented change in social/econo
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Blaine Morrow
The Gershenfeld brothers present a case for digital fabrication as the 3rd digital revolution, and it's a convincing one, albeit laid on thickly. There is more ideology and prognostication here than nuts and bolts, so that the reader will certainly be impressed by what looks like the "next big thing" but understanding much less how it works. ...more
José Luis
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
O tema é interessante demais, a revolução da fabricação pessoal habilitada por software, equipamentos sofisticados e Internet já está acontecendo. Mas o livro é prolixo, extenso, caberia muito bem em 25% das páginas. Leitura cansativa, melhor ler bons artigos na web.
Muhemed Masika
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Victor Ladrière
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
The idea is interesting, though a bit farfetched to call it a "3rd digital revolution".
I got bored before the end of chapter one.
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