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Will or Can "Open Hardware" replace Capitalism, or at least be the leading drive for people to continue living instead of making just money?

Cesar Harada did an amazing job on his presentation of his new invention!

It was jamm packed with so many different ideas that melded into a hot pot of

Open Hardware was one of my favorite aspects of his presentation.

Will Open Hardware catch on, or will large company/mob mentality deem it unprofitable?

Can we as a collective group change this outdated mentality that people need to be tricked into giving their money out, and let the product actually sell itself?


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    Jul 23 2012: Hat's off to Pat for working so hard to nip this upstart idea in the bud (rather unsuccessfully, I believe) - and for realizing that the two ideas are not mutually exclusive.

    Capitalism taken to its logical extreme ends with one entity holding all property, to the exclusion and deficit of all others. As noted above, it is also a very efficient way to remove beneficial ideas from the marketplace, in order to maximize profits on existing technologies.

    Cesar's version of Open Source Development seems to provide for any number of for profit-making opportunities along the way, without allowing money-making to be the primary motivation, or the overriding goal. Perhaps this approach will also allow the DNA of altruism to compete for the first time with the DNA of 'me first'.

    Sharing ideas - and allowing more people to make money in the process - is good business. Whether it's oil clean-up, net-zero energy, or socially-conscious entrepreneurism, Open Source development has the potential to build a loyal client base, encourage innovation, and boost sales of whatever products emerge from the cooperative creative stream. And it seems to engage far more people over a broader geographic range than is possible with the standard linear corporate model.

    I will be interested to see how many more idea streams take advantage of this approach, and how hard corporations will try to fight against it. That metric alone should lend credence to the value of Open Source.

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