"If sci-fi author William Gibson's claim that 'the future is
here, it's just not evenly distributed yet' is correct, then how we
will manufacture physical goods tomorrow may be augured by how we
make software today.
"Open-source, object-oriented development, personalization, even
hacking, are presaging and inspiring new manufacturing methods that
will overhaul today's plodding techniques born during the
Industrial Revolution, according to panelists speaking Monday at
the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego..."