Do Makers Propose a More Open Source Future? from @pbsideachannel
The latest video from PBS’ Idea Channel is a fantastic exploration of maker and open source ideology that’s well worth a watch. The main point raised is that the maker movement brings transparency to our increasingly complex and closed world of technology. This is a powerful idea to remember when you’re tinkering with a project or product, as the video says you’re being an ‘investigative reporter for the interior of objects.’ Check out the full video to learn more.
Also keep an eye out for shots of some Adafruit projects and products during the video. In particular Noe and Pedro’s Portable Raspberry Pi case makes an appearance around 9:25 into the video. Post in the comments other fun stuff you see in the video!
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