Mike Kissinger Reveals Insights on Business and Industry for 3d Printing Paris France
What do you do?
I’m a professional software engineer and tech consultant who is branching out into hardware.
I’m interested in developing systems that spread economic power more broadly. I’m currently dabbling in 3D printers and embedded systems. The plan long-term is to set up an Open Source Ecology instance.
What do you see as the biggest opportunity in your industry?
Open source hardware and automation. Open source software proved itself and now has a substantial ecosystem. Hardware has fundamentally different challenges (moving atoms is harder than moving electrons) but I have no doubt that the fundamental ethos of sharing information about solving problems applies. Automation (and “the internet of things”) is going to give new life to all kinds of technologies both new and old.
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What impact will changes in your industry have on consumers? the world?
Consumers will have more and more opportunity to become producers. Productive capital will get more versatile and generalized. As the means of production become more accessible, and technology becomes more powerful, there are potentially radical political and economic consequences.
Best case scenario: well-organized online anarchist utopia with ecological and just economic models.
Worst case scenario: automated apartheid police state run for the ultra-rich and near-total ecocide.
What is your biggest goal right now?
Steering us away from the worst-case scenario and towards the best-case.
What kind of support or types of people do you need to accelerate your success?
People who are ideologically aligned and technically skilled. To design the systems and equipment we’ll need to confront our ongoing crises, we’ll need to unify a wide array of disciplines skillfully. We also need to examine our culture to ensure that our values and stories are compatible with a living world.
Right now however I need a small team of engineers and fabricators with diverse backgrounds in physics, mechanical, electrical, materials, and programming.
Someone with a giant pile of money would also be helpful.
What makes you or your work different from everybody else?
Ideology. And I’d like to think that it makes my work similar to a small group of rad people working in diverse fields.
All around us we see legacy institutions failing and limping along. Radical change is on the horizon (technologically, ecologically, etc.) and we need new systems to deal with these changes. At its core this means hacking our culture and the stories we tell ourselves about how people live and relate to one another.
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