Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

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Random House Business Books, 2012 - Business enterprises - 257 pages
If a country wants to stay economically vibrant it needs to manufacture things. In recent years, however, the developed world has become obsessed with making money out of the precarious service sector, leaving the real business of manufacturing to the developing world. The New Industrial Revolution is about how to reverse that. Transformative change happens when industries democratise, when they're ripped from the sole domain of big business and government and taken over by entrepreneurs. The Internet democratised publishing, broadcasting, and communications, and the consequence was a massive increase in the range of both participation and participants in everything digital u the long tail of bits. Now the same is happening to manufacturing u the long tail of things. Chris Anderson, best-selling author of The Long Tail explains how this is happening: how such technologies as 3D printing and electronics assembly are becoming available to everybody, and how people are building successful businesses as a result. Anybody with an idea and a little expertise can now set assembly lines in China in motion with nothing more than some keystrokes on their laptop. And that's just the beginning. The Web was once simply the proof of concepts. Now the revolution hits the real world.

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User Review  - greeniezona - LibraryThing

So, there's a project spinning up locally called Innovation 5 that's all about 3-D production and maker culture. I figured I'd better read up on what that meant, so I found and checked out this book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Razinha - LibraryThing

Very good book, but I must disclose that I was primed to probably like it. I've subscribed to Make magazine since 2006, love to tinker, used to love to code, have been watching 3D printing from the ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

CHRIS ANDERSON is editor-in-chief of Wired magazine and is the author of the internationally acclaimed The Long Tail, which was shortlisted for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year award in 2006 and won the Loeb Award for the best business book in 2007. His next book, Free, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Northern California with his wife and five children.

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