"Making something that starts virtual but quickly becomes tactile and usable in the everyday world is satisfying in a way that pure pixels are not. The quest for "reality" ends up with making real things.Agora vem uma citação que me deprime:
This is not just speculation or wishful thinking - it can already be felt in a movement that's gathering steam at a rate that rivals the First Industrial Revolution and hasn't been since, well, the Web itself.
Today there are nearly a thousand "makerspaces" - shared production facilities - around the world, and they're growing at an astounding rate: Shanghai alone is building one hundred of them. Many makerspaces are created by local communities, but they also include a chain of gym-style membership workshops called TechShop, run by a former executive of the Kinko's printing and copying chan and aiming to be as ubiquitous. Meanwhile, consider the rise of Etsy, a Web marketplace for Makers, with nearly a million sellers who sold more than $0.5 billion worth of their products on the site in 2011. Or the 100,000 people who come to the Maker Faire in San Mateo each year to share their work and learn from other Makers, just as they do at the scores of other Maker Faires around the world."
"Recognizing the power of this movement, in early 2012 the Obama administration launched a program to bring makerspaces into one thousand American schools over the next four years, complete with digital fabrication tools such as 3-D printers and laser cutters. In a sense, this is the return of the school workshop class, but now upgraded for the Web Age. And this time it's not designed to train workers for low-end-blue-collar jobs, but rather it's funded by the government's advanced manufacturing initiative aimed at creating a new generation of systems designers and production innovators."Os funcionários de cá, entretiveram-se numa festa a torrar dinheiro na transformação arquitectónica de escolas em bunkers que consomem o triplo da electricidade, têm candeeiros Siza e ...
O que vai fazendo cada vez mais diferença é a iniciativa privada. Há quinze dias, na zona da Grande Braga, fui visitar as obras de construção de uma "escola do futuro", uma versão de makerspace, hackerspace, montra virtual, espaço de troca de experiências, troca de conhecimentos, indutor de fertilização cruzada de diferentes tipos de Makers - malta das aplicações, da tecnologia, da culinária, do têxtil, da marroquinaria, da jardinagem...
Ainda não tenho autorização, nem a pedi, para revelar mais sobre o projecto, mas não resisto a publicar algumas fotos do telemóvel: