Neil Gershenfeld: The Promise of Personal Fabrication

Just when you thought you knew a thing or two about the future, a person like Neil Gershenfeld comes along and makes you feel like you’ve been living in ancient Egypt. This is truly amazing.

In this video MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld talks about his Fab Lab — a low-cost lab that lets people build things they need using digital and analog tools. It’s a simple idea with powerful results: His Fab Labs, set up in communities around the world, let people build eyeglass frames, toys, computer parts – anything they need and can imagine. As Gershenfeld explains, this kind of empowerment leads to education, to problem-solving, to job creation and then to invention, in a truly creative process.

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