Show: Future Talk

Episode: 0033 Future Talk - The Maker Faire


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The Maker Faire (www.makerfaire.com) is one of the world's top "do-it-yourself" events, featuring exhibits ranging from robots, cardboard helicopters, all kinds of electronic devices, unusual artwork and much more. It's part of the Maker Movement which favors crowd sourcing and community based efforts to achieve results. The first Maker Faire was organized by Make Magazine (www.makezine.com), the flagship publication of the movement, at the San Mateo California County Fairgrounds in 2006. This year's Faire had about 1000 exhibitors and 100,000 attendees, and the Faire has spread to other cities, including New York and Detroit, and there are also "mini Maker Faires" in cities around the world.

This episode features our footage from the 2012 Maker Faire, including interviews with several of the makers. We also have a studio guest, David Lang, who created one of the most popular exhibits at the Faire, a homemade submarine, which is an open source remotely operated vehicle, or OpenROV (www.openrov.com), used for underwater exploration. By putting all the design info online, he's tapped into a community of thousands of people who are willing to offer suggestions for improvement, which has greatly aided the development process. His work and his methodology has aroused the interest of a number of organizations, including NASA, and he's financing his work through Kickstarter (www.kickstarter.com), a crowd funding website that makes it easy to solicit donations for a wide variety of causes. Setting an initial Kickstarter goal of $20,000, he raised about five times that amount within a month.

It's a testimony to the power of the Internet to build networks, leverage information, and accomplish things that would previously have been impossible. Join host Martin Wasserman for a look at how scientific innovation is coming within reach of everyday people.

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