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May 21, 2012 AT 2:30 pm

Can We Open-Source Hardware? – TED Radio Hour

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Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode, The Power Of Crowds.

TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines that can be built cheaply from scratch. Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, Jakubowski’s work enables anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. The effort is part of an overall project to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village. Starting cost: $10,000. Call it a “civilization starter kit.”


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