This monthly newsletter focuses on the various Open Source projects going on in the world, calling attention to a different Open Source project each month. Our objective at Alt Choice Tech Advisers is to increase exposure to these Open Source projects in the business community. We hope these resources will be of great benefit to both your individual business and the community as a whole.
This Month’s Open Source Project:
Open Source Ecology
The mission of Open Source Ecology (OSE) is to create an open source global economy. You might be wondering what that means. Well, imagine if you were able to build a vehicle, industrial robots, and other utility engines in your own backyard without spending millions of dollars. That might sound far fetched at this moment, but if this project should succeed, this might become the norm for many.
The OSE community is currently working on what they call the “Open Source Micro-Factory.” This is the coming together of the community to build modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platforms that allow for the fabrication of different industrial machines.
To put it in a more practical way, OSE is a network of farmers, engineers, and regular enthusiastic people coming together to design, construct, and manufacture devices like tractors, bread ovens, and circuit makers, while helping others do the same by making the information available to everyone. Much as Wikipedia has sought to democratize access to knowledge and the Open Source software movement has attempted to democratize computing, Open Source Ecology seeks to democratize human well-being and the industrial tools that help to create it. These devices are built with interconnectivity in mind. The interconnected set is called the “Global Village Construction Set” (GVCS). The GVCS tools are designed simply so they can be used to replicate themselves and are easy to modify and customize.
OSE intends to develop a modular, scalable platform for documenting and developing open source, libre hardware, including blueprints for machines that make other machines intended for solving real life, every-day problems.
OSE seeks to democratize human well-being and the industrial tools that help to create it. As Digital Democracy founder Mark Belinsky put it, we make “victory gardening tools for your victory garden.” “We design our tools in a nontraditional way with nontraditional goals in mind, and we design them to work with each other.”
They are building a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters by creating life-size sets of modular tools, similar to Lego blocks in concept. These tools created by OSE, called the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS), allows for the easy, DIY fabrication of the 50 different industrial machines it takes to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts. Their Open Source, low-cost, and high-performance technological platform is designed to lower the entry barriers into farming, building, and manufacturing in an effort to create self sufficient, and unwasteful sustainable economy.
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