Michael Cropp. How Do Makers Impact the Workforce?
For a better future, instead of narrow specialists we need creative people capable of anything from coding and designing to managing projects and solving problems. Training workers to think about solving the problem instead of operating a machine is done in two steps- training the teachers and training the workers
How can we harness the precision of machines for the creativity of individuals? Digital fabrication tools promise quality production in low volume and are now accessible in maker spaces worldwide. However, the maker context is very different from the historical industrial settings in which digital fabrication was developed. Yet these differences have not led to many changes in contemporary tools. I argue that personal fabrication requires a rethinking of production infrastructure, and in this talk outline a research roadmap for machine agency