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Erik's Master's Defense


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This is Erik de Bruijn's thesis defense. The thesis was awarded a 9 out of 10, which is very rarely given. Prof. O'Callaghan told me it was the best written thesis he had seen in the 13 years as a professor at the University, so that's probably the best kind of recognition I could hope for for this work!

The PDF of the thesis can be found here:

Erik's Master's Defense

  1. 1. Thesis Defense Erik de Bruijn Nov. 8th 2010 Prof. dr. ir. R. O'Callaghan Prof. dr. P.M.A. Ribbers Dr. J.J.O. de Jong Prof. E. A. von Hippel
  2. 2. Open source software - Everyone uses it - Economically significant phenomenon - Widely researched So what about open source hardware?
  3. 3. “He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.” - Thomas Jefferson
  4. 4. With today's internet
  5. 5. How can we best provide society with goods? “If one wants to induce firms to undertake R&D one must accept the creation of monopolies as a necessary evil.” - Schumpeter
  6. 6. Producers and exclusion
  7. 7. Producers and exclusion
  8. 8. Producers and exclusion
  9. 9. How can we best provide society with goods? Firm based producers
  10. 10. How can we best provide society with goods? Global collaboration
  11. 11. How can we best provide society with goods? Global collaboration
  12. 12. How can we best provide society with goods?
  13. 13. Motives - Intellectual challenge & achievement “Technically challenging, fun potentially useful, developing skills.” - Autonomy - Benefits - Relatedness / community - Meaning ”Hope to change the world by democratizing design and manufacture of material goods. good for freedom, good for planet.”
  14. 14. Community growth 4~5 x Moore's Law
  15. 15. Proliferation of OS Fab. Equip. Yearly growth 2005-2010: 400–600% Yearly growth & decline 2006-2009: -17%–17%
  16. 16. Just idea's? What about? - Cultural works - Software - Physical things?
  17. 17. Infrastructure - Self-provided by community - Fabrication technology - Sharing infrastructure
  18. 18. The means to do Open Design  Money?  Community • Access to knowledge, spreading workload, etc.  Infrastructure  Fabricators  Sharing platforms  A commons of physical designs
  19. 19. Thank you!