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I was just thinking about this. It just popped in my head. You have a field of possibilities, until you focus on one, then it goes from field, to object (quark). Where as proprietary models are based on “said” quark.

Proprietary people say, “I’ve got an idea.” And they try to keep it…own it. One entity ownership model.

Open Source people say, “We’ve got possibilities.” And we want to share those possibilities and make sure via license, that those possibilities are never owned by one, but by all…kept in everyone’s hands, and never restricted from being made better by any means, except where to infringe upon other licenses, usually proprietary ones comes into play.

So I postulate that Open Source is like being based on the field, and proprietary source being based on what comes out of the field…the possibilities, the quarks themselves. One is wave, the other is particle.

Source: Reddit

Originally reposted on my old blog.


Stack it, pack it, virtualize it, and everything in parallel.

As cloud computing takes off for massive computing and business projects the architecture of these ever more specialized services will change quite fundamentally.

I see three trends happening right now which will happen over the next 5 years.

  • Hardware is becoming a commodity, by open sourcing designs, from Facebook’s Open Compute, to Blackblaze’s open storage unit. By making the hardware a simple to duplicate, manipulate, and produce commodity, prices are pushed down and economics of scale triggered. This is bad for the margins of the producers, but favorable for the clients and users.
  • Processors are getting stacked and the entire architecture of specialized servers is changing in order to accommodate this change. Seamicro which was bought up by AMD, and HP’s Project Moonshot are good examples of how by changing the fundamental architecture of servers around CPU’s one only gains computing power and overall efficiency.
  • GPU’s and even FPGA’s are coming into view for supermassive parallel computing. This is still a highly specialized field of computing and most applications need to be rewritten in order to use this computing power. NVIDA’s CUDA project is very promising and is already getting traction.
  • And then there is holistic systems thinking and planning of the entire datacenter. People are starting to understand that waste happens whenever secondary output, such as heat, is not used as input for another subsystem of the datacenter. Anything from cooling the hardware in submerged mineral oil cooled stacks to not cooling the racks at all is possible.
Another trend is on-demand supercomputing via simple APIs. PiCloud is in my opinion one of the better initiatives.
There are plenty more trends to follow, but what is important is that even though the competition for supercomputing is huge, the market is expanding even faster and hence there is still plenty of room to grow.

And then there is the future after the future, exascale computing.

It’s not pie in the sky, it’s already pretty damn real as a prototype.

HUDs for phones or everyday communication devices is flat out ridiculous. However, I can very much imagine HUDs become standard for many industries were some sort of direct and very intensive interaction with a lot of data needs to happen. This might include:

  • Architecture – augmented reality, seeing structures in 3D were they still don’t exist
  • Engineering – manipulating and “sculpturing” and even running simulated augmented models in real-time. This might give a huge push to extreme manufacturing by lowering the cost of development tremendously
  • Medicinesee-through patients, overlay of medical data and health records
  • Militaryoverlay of sensory data, could be distracting though
  • Studying/learning environments – imagine all students and the teacher having one of these and being able to interact with spatially 3D augmented and controlled objects in the classroom. This might be perfect and a lot cheaper than full-blown holograms

As new desktop sized 3D printers get to market practically every month (commercial/proprietary as well as Open Source), an ever increasing base of potential customers and makers is being created.

I can imagine that just as the dispersion of the first 100k Personal Computers created completely new secondary markets such as peripherals, addons, the entire software industry (Silicon Valley!), the Internet, etc, so too will the dispersion of the first 100k desktop 3D printers create completely new secondary markets.

Among the main differences between the PC revolution and the now happening Reprap (lets call it that) revolution is that the latter is starting from the very beginning in a standardised, open-platform manner. The PC industry didn’t really kick off until components and their dimensions became standardised (IBM, DELL, etc). Dell of course added to this revolution it’s own evolutionary aspect by making modular customizable on-demand PCs and later notebooks.
This modularity, interchangeability, and customizability is already reality in most desktop 3D printers.

But what might the next step be? Well, beyond the rise of “piracy” of physibles (3D objects) and the new sharing and maker culture, I can really see commercial applications being developed for these new class of people.

Imagine creating a smartphone precision 3D scanning periphery (Android, IPhone) which utilises its own software, massive HPC cloud computing, and the onboard super-high resolution camera to create extremely detailed 3D digital blueprints for existing objects, which then would automatically and via crowdsouricng be uploaded to some central server into your “physibles library”. Imagine photographing with your smartphone your shaver, discovering that somebody already did that, and then use abbreviated designs of that shaver’s handle to print out your own cheap shaver. The razorblades industry won’t be happy.

There’s a potentially enormous disruption, as in disrupting the current system of the means of production, coming our way.

Marcin’s recent videos talking to team Wikispeed have changed the way I think about OSE.

The main video I’m talking about is the one were they talk about the super-light and super-strong aluminium chassis for the wikispeed car.

The aluminium body reminded me of the modular design of Chinese prefabricated modular design skyscraper.

Imagine, producing the aluminium and steel yourself, OSE robotic arms producing the frames industrially or semi-industrially on-sight, robots and robot cranes automatically or semi-automatically putting everything together.

Add to this 3D printing concrete, and cheap 3D printing metals, integrated circuits, cheap internal sensors for everything (and the emergence of smart buildings). We’re at the crisp of a true revolution here.

Absolutely incredible. If something like this gets planned after the OSE construction set is completed, this will change the world completely.

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