Do-it-yourselfers have made everything from bamboo bicycles to 3-D printers, but nothing as ambitious as the Open Source Ecology project. On a farm in northwest Missouri, tractors and other industrial machines are made from scratch, with detailed plans on how to do it yourself shared online.
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Open source software has collapsed the cost of innovation in the digital world. Now open source hardware IP promises to do the same in the physical world of electronics. As an example of this emerging trend, Peter Semmelhack, founder and CEO of Bug Labs, demonstrates Bug Labs’ product BUG.
Josh Lerner of Harvard Business School talks to Viv Davies about his book, co-authored with Mark Schankerman, ‘The Comingled Code: Open Source and Economic Development’. Lerner discusses the economic impact of open source software and its relationship with innovation and growth. Drawing from a new database, Lerner describes how open source and proprietary software interact and suggests how government policy should ensure that open source competes effectively with proprietary software. The interview was recorded by telephone on 14 February 2011.
What do the Adobe Flex and ActionScript compilers; the award-winning 3D Flash library, Papervision3D; the native data format for Flash, SWX; and the excellent Flash streaming and interactive server, Red5 have in common? They’re all open source. And they’re all introduced in this book by the project leads themselves.Contrary to its popular perception as a closed platform, the Flash Platform has an active and thriving grassroots open source community and a plethora of open source projects. In this session, Aral Balkan, founder of OSFlash.org and creator of SWX, will give you an overview of what’s possible with open source Flash with examples from the book.
Aral Balkan, Naklab