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RepRap, the replicating machine: The Free and Open Source Factory on the Desktop

Nov 11, 2009, 19:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gary Richmond)

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"Taking it back from the man?

"I wrote an article some time time ago about applying the principles of free software and the rules and spirit of the GPL to DIY biology. At a time when big science is increasingly funded by corporations and governments it was good to report that private citizens were doing their own tool-shed science and doing it under the protective umbrella of the GPL. Science that is not in thrall to such bodies or their restrictive patents and claims to intellectual property rights is a good thing both in principle and practice.

"Why? Because, as Douglas Rushkoff points out in Life Inc: How the World Became a Corporation and How to take it Back modern corporations originated in the Renaissance, invented by the aristocracy to control and profit from the activities of the merchant class. The rest, as they say, is history. In Rushkoff's own words, the corporations effectively outlawed the exchange of value between individuals. There have been many movements to oppose this centralised, globalised control (which, it must be said in fairness, has brought benefits as well as disasters) but in a digital age the free software movement has been one of the most important. So, what exactly is RepRap?"

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