reply to post by tothetenthpower
open source and crowd funding are the way of the future,
where you get to support a project from ground up you get personal "buy in" to the project.
the simple truth is the "gate keeper model" cannot work in the long term as it becomes a medium for control,
the freedom experienced from the internet generation is now spilling over into the "physical world" in attitudes and co-operation.
open source is more important than anyone realises, and without it everything online would be locked down over time.
with a small group ultimately controlling the very essence of online freedom, and restricting its purpose for mere profit,
it is the case that the publishers of old will be the last to realise that innovations of the future will come from groups of gamers and programmers
exploiting the free and open nature of the net, and will be more interested in the creation than the profit of innovation.
when disruptive business models come along as they always do, the old gate keepers try to influence laws and statutes to regulate competition to
continue the hold they had previously enjoyed over the end user of the product.
but when products can be funded, and distributed directly to the consumer at lower prices market forces take over and the innovation out competes the
big publishers and ultimately larger numbers of consumers can access the products for lower prices.
this economic effect can take away some of the "risk" of investing in tittles and hardware, as you can gauge "beforehand" demand.
when you can really "own" your own copy, rather than lease a copy you have more rights and freedoms to enjoy the product.
the "locked down" hardware and "leased" software model actually slows down innovation and costs more to use.
the reason that open source software projects have increased by 50% in the last year and a new open source hardware foundation has been created is
because people have the taste of freedom,
the ability to "own" instead of "use" technology has entered the minds of the people,
and when open source "platforms" compete with "walled gardens" you find people are actually resentful of being forced to be "users" rather than
owner and operators of technology under their position.
an open source idea, weather hardware or software conveys ownership to the individual using it.
this is an important point going forward as people become more aware that without open source alternatives,
we will have no option to sign what ever agreement or "contract" however evil that is presented to us.
if one of my algorithms was commercialised, you would pay with either money, "upfront" or pay with privacy loss over time.
but by open sourcing the idea, any one can use it with very little limitations, and a "free" web is possible.
open source = freedom from having to pay money or "pay" with loss of privacy to pay for use of innovations.
the design structure of the world wide web is open source, and therefore free for use by everyone,
and the barrier to entry is much lower.
in the future there will be remote robotic surgery available using open source protocols and open source surgical robots that will lower the cost of
medical procedures. if this was only commercially available technology, less people would be able to afford the care they need.
this is but one area where the open source approach can and will change lives, and a good example of prices being driven down because of open
competition and free market economics.
i hope to see a data base of surgeries that are commons licensed, and open sourced to enable higher education and better outcomes for patients.
at lower prices.
it is the market that should determine the acceptable price of goods and services, not yesterdays notion of scarce = higer prices.
you can copy code for no cost and not lose the original copy, so lower the prices and engage with a larger consumer base for much larger profits, in
and in hardware without expensive patent disputes the acual costs to produce and distribute goes down.
for these reasons i believe the old model will implode,
embrace the future, the open source future will simply out compete the wall gardens of yesteryear