Question: “What if you could download and print a house in 24 hours for half the cost?” My answer: it would probably be a terrible thing, something to avoid, for you and everybody around, sooner or later.
- If you can only fund one project this year, please put this in your short list: design and development of open source home appliances! The first one should be a microwave oven but “most probably the next one will be a washing machine, or maybe a fridge. The point is to extend the portfolio of open source appliances.” The goals include: facilitate recycling and maintenance of products, because the knowledge of how it works and how it breaks is available for everyone (Which also helps to create employment opportunities) create resilience and less dependence on fossil fuel value chains, by reducing the shipping of components to what is only necessary.
Internet of Things. Smart homes. Smart appliances. Smart everything. How smart is the result?
Microelectronics and, to a much greater extent, software, are two strategic, immensely powerful technologies. Here I try to explain, in the simplest possible way, why this happens and the basic characteristics of some modern integrated circuits.