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Michael Van den Bossche

Sales Representative, Whirlpool Corporation

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What impact would self-assembly products have on our economy? I.e. Production, spare parts, jobs,...

Speaking of a paradigm, this is definitely one! :)

If we would start building these self-assembly products, it would definitely mean that lots of spare parts wouldn't be needed, lots of technicians would lose there jobs, less logistic organization, etc,...

But where do you see this going?
I truly believe that this can work, although people would start losing their jobs, this would definitely create new opportunities, people instead of focussing them on technical aspects, could now focus themselves on other area's in their lives, e.g. ideas for the climate change...


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    Apr 7 2013: Under our current economic system,for most people, losing a job is not seen as an opportunity to focus on "other area's of their lives"; It is seen as a food,clothing and shelter crisis
    • Apr 8 2013: It could be that decentralised manufacturing technologies, as well as decentralisation of the knowledge required to operate and innovate those technologies, will bring the production of food, clothing, and shelter within the opportunities that become available to the unemployed.
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      Apr 9 2013: Shawki Shawki, that is a powerful statement you make there!
      We should start watching the media with a different attitude and stop judging, and instead ask ourselves what we can create and what can be done for those people. Instead of going with the media flow of negativity!

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