Tuesday, May 22, 2007

~2025-"Imagine a website -- a giant online catalog -- offering basic products for free, better products at market price, and high-end products as well. Search for the product you want, then download a basic version to your home nanofactory and build it for only the cost of raw materials and power. Want a fancier 'name-brand' product, or a more advanced version with unique features? That will cost you something, and part of the cost will be returned to the designer(s) as a licensing fee.

Commercial entities could still be in business, designing upscale, prestigious, or especially innovative products. Many product designs, however, might be made freely downloadable, like freeware. Shared designs, on something like a wiki interface, could allow anyone to customize or make improvements."


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