An Open-Source Future

A future wheel describing possibilities in an open-source world

Article: http://factor-tech.com/feature/open-source-surge-companies-may-ditch-patents-favour-open-tech-research/

This article predicts that within ten years, many companies will open their technology and patents to the public.

Description:

In 2035, most companies are expected to release their technologies for the now affluent open-source community. Ten years previous, a movement for corporations to open their doors was in high pursuit after many large companies such as Microsoft, IBM, and Toyota released their technological information. The maker community was overjoyed and instilled a new-found trust between corporations and their consumers. As the maker community grew more and more, so did the complexity of the newfound technologies developed from past existing products.

With a bursting community of engineers and programmers, new talent is found and the same companies that released their technology begin to scout for new hires to develop even more advanced tools. Also, a spiked interest in open-source robotics is rampant in the world and people begin to create task robots to aid everyday life. Education in schools start to focus more on the sciences and being able to “hack” different products becomes a common skill. This creates a lesser interest in the arts and humanities, as technology becomes so intertwined into everyday life that many children strive to become computer scientists and electrical engineers.

With this also develops many complications. Companies such as Apple who were hesitant in releasing their patents, begin to deteriorate because the general public begin to prefer to support those who encourage open-source platforms. People prefer to modify and build their own custom operating systems and hardware, creating a drop in obsolescence and technological landfills. There is a lower incentive in buying new models, which start to hurt certain companies. However, some take advantage of this and have people pay freemiums or membership fees to be a part of their open-source communities. Also, a decrease in market competition begins to hurt the economy because corporations begin to stress innovation over profit. On a brighter side, this encourages a faster development of new technologies without the archaic limitations of patents. Patent lawyers lose jobs because patents are no longer used, and complications over ownership and intellectual property still continues because it starts to become difficult to trace who exactly was the first to do what.

While many use these opportunities for the greater good of advancing technologies, many begin to use some of the materials maliciously. Untraceable terrorism sparks fear amongst the government and the public, and question of “who is to blame” inundates the media. Are the companies who release the technologies to blame? Or is the maker community to blame? Some fear that the once prosperous world of new technologies might be barred and limited once again for the safety of the public. Lawmakers as well as corporations who are hurt by the open-source community push for more and more limitations in releasing information, creating a rift in the political as well as the business worlds.

Manifestation

frankenstein

A “Frankensteined” phone with the body of an HTC one, iOS interface, Windows Phone navigation, and Moto X back housing and camera. This combines into a thrown together product of Motorola, Apple, Windows, and Google (Android) – thus Motopplewindroid.

Group critique: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qwlNDIvExt2lFr4QQL7V2vuhBMs-mF0Qk3JiV8ulnnQ/edit?usp=sharing

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