Die Revolution wird nicht 3D gedruckt

Beitrag zur DGTF Tagung Politik der Maker, Hamburg 22. November 2013

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In meinen Händen liegt ein großes Herz aus roten Zahnrädern. Es fühlt sich merkwürdig leicht an denn es ist aus hohlem Plastik. Die charakteristisch gerillte Oberfläche verrät seine Herkunft aus dem 3D Drucker. Ähnlich wie bei einem Zauberwürfel lassen sich die einzelnen Elemente des Herzens gegeneinander drehen, sodass sein Getriebe in die Gänge kommt. Ich werde diesem merkwürdigen Objekt hier noch häufiger begegnen.

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For a Fistful of Dollars

Crowdsourcing Design

Back in the summer of 2006, the journalist Jeff Howe coined the term crowdsourcing to describe a new mode of production on the Internet. Howe wasn’t the first one trying to give it a name, but it was his coinage that came out on top. The teaser for his original article in Wired read: “Remember outsourcing? Sending jobs to India and China is so 2003. The new pool of cheap labor: everyday people using their spare cycles to create content, solve problems, even do corporate R & D.” 2006 was also the year when the idea of so called Web 2.0 gained momentum. A common claim was made that it was the individual user who would now control the Internet. The enthusiasm reached its peak when in December, Time magazine made You the Person of the Year. In the years since Howe filed his article, the actual applications of crowdsourcing, however, raise the question who really is in charge?

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