WikiHouse, 3-D Printing, and the Next Industrial Revolution

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Over the past several years, there have been great strides made in open source content creation and sharing.  Computer operating systems such as Linux have allowed people to improve, recreate, and innovate in the computer realm.  Linux has been around for over twenty years allowing amateurs and professionals alike to share knowledge and create together.  In the same way, websites such as Wikipedia have started making knowledge of nearly every subject available at just a click of a button.

Knowledge and resources are becoming easier and easier for anyone to access.  I love talking about how useful YouTube channels are becoming in teaching and education.  Channels such as CrashCourse helped me pass biology.  The TEDtalks channels provide content that, if you paid full cost to attend the conference, would cost you $7,500+.

Well today I learned about a new project that is seeking to do something similar: WikiHouse.  WikiHouse is trying to make building and manufacturing as accessible as Wikipedia has made knowledge.

I don’t know what it would take to get a 3-D printer, but the future of creating “things” is very exciting.  Alastair Parvin mentions that this is truly the next industrial revolution, and that is exactly what it is.  Just like Linux allows programing and creating to be accessible to the amateur, WikiHouse can provide a platform for the amateur to create.

It was especially interesting in the idea of making this tech available in poorer areas such as the favelas in Brazil.  This would allow cheap and quality construction in areas of the world that need it the most.  A very interesting project, check out their website: http://www.wikihouse.cc/.

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