where interested Makers of all kinds can self-organize, create, share, and
collaborate in Making.
Eco Motivation - As the need for environmentally sustainable practices
increase in nearly every aspect of our lives, Makers and consumers are
increasingly focused on reducing, reusing, and remaking products that
shrink their carbon footprint and contribute to environmental
Access to Tools - Access to tools and what those tools can do is increasing
at a rapid speed in a similar pattern as Moore’s Law. While costs go down,
access to increasingly more powerful tools grows.
Quest for Authenticity - In a world of commoditized mass-produced
products, and life-styles increasingly impacted by screens and virtual
worlds, appreciation and demand for hand-crafted products, and hands-on physical experiences, the quest for authenticity is driving Making.
The Internet of Everything - The Internet of Everything extends our
human capacity for making our environments and learning from them.
The network of physical objects or things, embedded with electronics
software, sensors, and connectivity to the internet will bring the next
wave of transformation to our everyday lives. Vivek Wadhwa notes that
“...exponential technologies can be deceptive. Things move very slowly
at first, but then disappointment turns into amazement. (Wadhwa,
2015).” The next wave of transformation in our world will be the Internet
of Things. For example, Amazon dash buttons are electronic sensors
connected to the internet and developed for products ranging from
beverages, baby food, and cleaning supplies that enable consumers to
“place it, press it, get it”.
What the Internet of Everything will look like will be shaped by
companies, industries, and amateur experts in the near future. What is
not in doubt is the impact of the Internet of Everything that McKinsey &
Company estimates may account for 11% of the world economy by 2025
(Manyika, et al., 2015).