Neil Gershenfeld: The Next Industrial Revolution Is Bigger Than 3D Printing
The media has been buzzing about the potential of 3D printing and other technological advancements. While Gershenfeld doesn't deny the benefits of these new tools, he believes that the ability to connect people together is far more powerful. "By bringing welcoming environments to innovators wherever they are, this digital revolution will make it possible to harness a larger fraction of the planet’s brainpower,” he explains. While the advances we make to machines are essential, he says that the collaborative environment these machines foster is the truly revolutionary part.
Fostering environments where people feel comfortable bouncing ideas around is what Gershenfeld does in his FabLabs. These spaces focus on personal fabrication and allow participants to create their own personalized products. His work has been featured in the Millennium celebrations hosted by The Smithsonian Institution and the White House. He has been profiled by numerous major media outlets and is the author of Fab and When Things Start To Think. His keynotes present fascinating insights into how new technologies are changing the economy—and our lives.